The Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAV (unmanned combat air vehicle) is on the verge of taking it’s first test flight from a Aircraft Carrier. Black Ops 2’s “Lodestar” is modeled from the real-life X-47B. The future is looking black indeed..
The X-47 project began as part of DARPA’s J-UCAS program, and is now part of the United States Navy’s UCAS-D (Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration) program, which aims to create a carrier-based unmanned aircraft. Unlike the similar Boeing X-45, the development of the aircraft’s predecessor, the X-47A Pegasus, was company-funded.
The project was initially funded under a US$635.8-million contract awarded by the Navy in 2007. However, by January 2012, the X-47B’s total program cost had grown to an estimated $813 million [Wikipedia]
SOURCE: Defense News