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Weekly Alert -- April 14, 2015

News on the Navy's X-47B program, the Army's robotics and autonomous systems efforts plus more. Read the Alert

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Navy Plans X-47B Air-To-Air Refueling Test For April 15

The Navy plans to test the X-47B unmanned carrier system-demonstrator air-to-air refueling capability on April 15 before the system is retired, according to a service official.

Futurists Drawing Up Robotics Concept To Guide Plans, Investments

Army officials are planning to release within the next year a robotic and autonomous systems concept to articulate plans and drive investments in the ground service's envisioned cadre of unmanned platforms.

Unfunded List Would Buy More Reapers, C-130Js, Keep Compass Call

If the Air Force had additional money it would purchase eight more MQ-9 Reapers, 13 C-130J airlifters, keep six Compass Call aircraft marked for retirement, extend the life of 141 B-1B bomber engines and sprinkle more cash across its readiness accounts, according to a detailed breakdown of the Air Force's fiscal year 2016 unfunded priorities list obtained by Inside the Air Force.

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CSBA Study Finds Large, Long-Range Aircraft Would Do Better In Combat

A future fighter aircraft -- manned or unmanned -- is likely to need more range and payload than speed and agility as countries like Russia, China and Iran invest in long-range air defenses that can keep high-value support assets including aerial refueling tankers up to 1,000 nautical miles away from their military installations, but stealth remains critical despite advances in radar technology, according to a new Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments study.

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