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US Navy releases UCLASS RfP to select industry partners

20 June 2013
An artist's rendering of Lockheed Martin's Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) vehicle design on a carrier flight deck. Lockheed Martin is one of four companies bidding on the US Navy's first carrier-based unmanned aircraft programme. Source: Lockheed Martin

Key Points

  • NAVAIR distributes RfPs for the UCLASS preliminary design review to four companies: Boeing, General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman
  • USN officials expect to award contracts in early August

Four companies have confirmed receipt of the US Navy's (USN's) request for proposals (RfP) for the preliminary design phase of its Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) programme, industry officials told IHS Jane's on 19 June.

The RfP, distributed by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) during the week of 10 June, was issued to Northrop Grumman, General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI), Boeing, and Lockheed Martin - the four UCLASS industry partners that previously had been awarded Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) study contracts to advance their concepts for the programme.

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