Boeing Receives First Engines for X-45C Unmanned Combat Aircraft
Boeing Receives First Engines for X-45C Unmanned Combat
Saint-Louis, Missouri -- (Boeing)
November 18, 2004 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Company accepted the first two
engines for the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) X-45C aircraft
program Nov. 10 in a ceremony held at a General Electric plant in Lynn, Mass.
Boeing is building three X-45C aircraft in St. Louis as part
of the J-UCAS program. Each of the aircraft will be powered by a single F404
"With the F404 engine, the X-45C will be able to fly a
combat radius of more than 1,200 nautical miles, cruise at 0.80 Mach, reach
altitudes of 40,000 feet and carry a 4,500 pound weapon payload," said
Darryl Davis, Boeing J-UCAS X-45 vice president and program manager. "With
that range, speed, and lethality, this unmanned system is truly revolutionary."
The first X-45C flight is scheduled for early 2007, with the
initiation of an operational assessment by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy
beginning that same year. The assessment will culminate in a demonstration of
the capabilities of the J-UCAS system and the X-45's ability to conduct
suppression of enemy air defenses; intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance; and strike missions.
The X-45C will be 39-feet long with a 49-foot wingspan. It is
designed to be a highly-survivable weapons system that will include advanced
sensors and a robust communication system demonstrating advanced target
detection and engagement capabilities.
The J-UCAS X-45 program is a Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA)/U.S. Air Force/U.S. Navy/Boeing effort to demonstrate
the technical feasibility, military utility and operational value of an unmanned
air combat system for the Services.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Integrated Defense Systems is
one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St.
Louis , Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $27 billion business. It provides
network-centric systems solutions to its global military, government and
commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance systems; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the
world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based
communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense and
Department of Homeland Security; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader
in launch services.
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