Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Carrier drone contracts awarded

Four defense companies each have been awarded $15 million to continue work on a new unmanned combat plane for the Navy. Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Atomic each won awards Wednesday for preliminary design review assessment for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Air Vehicle. Work runs through June 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. Under a separate contract, Northrop Grumman's X-47B has already logged a catapult launch and arrested landing from the deck of a carrier. (Source: GCAC, 08/14/13) The four separate contracts can be found at DoD contractsPrevious