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Lockheed Martin is taking the wraps off its submission for the US Navy's prospective unmanned carrier launched surveillance and strike (UCLASS) aircraft at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition in Washington DC.
According to Lockheed, the bat-wing stealth aircraft formerly referred to as the Sea Ghost integrates proven technologies from previous manned and unmanned developments. The company is stressing an open architecture design and the "maximum reuse of hardware and software."
As such, Lockheed's UCLASS proposal bears a strong family resemblance to the company's RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aircraft, which is being flown by the US Air Force. Technologies from the F-35 programme have also been integrated into the aircraft.
Lockheed says that its UCLASS submission would be adaptable across the whole spectrum of military operations from counter-terrorism to carrier-based strikes. "Enabling operations in any scenario - and in any environment," the company says.
To operate into those disparate environments, the aircraft will have "multi-spectral stealth, as well as emissions and bandwidth management to defeat detection and enable mission success," Lockheed says.
Lockheed also says that multiple aircraft could be controlled by a single operator
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by retirednature
They're still in the semi-autonomous area. Sometime around 2020 they're looking to field an unmanned helicopter that would be able to detect potential threats, and reroute around them, and chose its own course based on maps of the area. That would be the first truly autonomous UAV. Right now they are generally taken off and landed by hand control, some are flown along preprogramed paths, but they don't have the ability to alter around threats yet.
Originally posted by Hopechest
One step closer to an unmanned military force so I'm all for it. I wish I could see the battles in 100 years from now.