Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the successful test of the Navy's carrier-launched X-47B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV):
"Today's successful test of the X-47B is a major leap forward in the Navy's development of a carrier-launched unmanned aerial vehicle capability. If the U.S. Navy is to maintain its technological edge in the years ahead, our continued investment in potential game-changing technologies like the UCAS-D/UCLASS will be essential. As anti-access environments proliferate, the Navy's Carrier Air Wings will require a mix of aircraft, both manned and unmanned, with the extended range, persistence, stealth, and payload to ensure U.S. power projection around the globe. The X-47B test program and the follow-on UCLASS system are at the heart of this effort."