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Malfunction sees X-47B abort final carrier landing

12th July 2013 - 12:44 GMT | by Andrew White in London

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A malfunction on board the X-47B UAV forced the air vehicle to abort its third test-landing on the US Navy aircraft carrier, USS George H W Bush, during trials this week, the navy has admitted.

Officials from NAVAIR released additional information following the successful test of the X-47B on the carrier on 10 July about a ‘minor subsystem malfunction’ that caused the third landing to be cancelled.

According to RADM Mat Winter, Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, there was a problem with one of the X-47B’s three redundant precision navigation systems (PNS).

While on approach to the carrier,

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