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2 Jan. 2019 -- But the centerpiece of the US Navy's fleet has a decade-old gap in its submarine defenses, and filling it may require new, unmanned aircraft.
During the Cold War and the years afterward, aircraft carriers had fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters for anti-submarine-warfare (ASW) operations. For much of that period, the fixed-wing option was the S-3 Viking.
Unmanned systems — sensors as well as unmanned underwater and surface vehicles — are seen as an option to extend the carrier's reach. The Navy has already awarded Boeing a contract for unmanned aerial refueling vehicles.
John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics
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