Lock­heed Martin’s new UCLASS drone’s con­cept de­sign made pub­lic


Lock­heed Martin’s Skunk Works di­vi­sion has un­veiled the con­cept de­sign of the com­pany’s un­manned car­rier launched air­borne sur­veil­lance and strike (UCLASS) air ve­hi­cle, that in­te­grates tech­nolo­gies from F-35C, RQ-170 and other sys­tems to pro­vide per­sis­tent in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance (ISR) and light strike ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Artist’s ren­der­ings of the de­signs were pre­sented at the com­pany’s booth dur­ing the Navy League’s an­nual Sea Air Space con­fer­ence.

Ac­cord­ing to Lock­heed, UCLASS will bal­ance en­durance, early op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity and in­her­ent growth that will en­able op­er­a­tions in any en­vi­ron­ment or threat sce­nario. En­vis­aged to be a ver­sa­tile, car­rier-based un­manned air­craft sys­tem, the UCLASS will fea­ture in­te­gra­tion of proven tech­nolo­gies; per­sis­tent 24/7 ISR op­er­a­tions; full spec­trum adapt­abil­ity; sig­na­ture con­trol; open sys­tems ar­chi­tec­ture; re­duced man­power re­quire­ments for com­mand, con­trol, and main­te­nance; and fu­ture growth pro­vi­sions. The pro­ject is a part of the US Navy’s bid for the next at­tack jet.

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