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US tests first drone launched from aircraft carrier

Larger X-47B is seen as the future of warfare

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH — A drone the size of a fighter jet took off from the deck of an American aircraft carrier for the first time Tuesday in a test flight that could eventually open the way for the United States to launch such aircraft from just about any place in the world.

The X-47B is the first drone designed to take off and land on a carrier, meaning the US military would not need permission from other countries to use their bases.

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