Navy gets new planes in 2018, including the first unmanned carrier-based aircraft – ABC News

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The Navy on Tuesday approved the acquisition of new fleet aircraft to replace the Navy’s fleet of older aircraft.

The planes are expected to enter service in the next five years and are the latest to help the Navy achieve the goal of building and operating its own fleets of long-range, small-class aircraft.

The Navy has long relied on older aircraft that have proven costly and unreliable, with its fleet of small planes having been the subject of repeated delays.

The Pentagon said it has already ordered more than a dozen new aircraft and has more than $600 million in new contracts in place.

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