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Navy awards $60M contract for UCLASS drone assessment

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include Northrop Grumman.

The Naval Air Systems Command is awarding separate $15 million contracts to Boeing, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to conduct a preliminary design review for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike drone (UCLASS).

UCLASS is intended to enhance aircraft carrier operations by providing a global presence using a sea-based unmanned aerial system with persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, targeting and strike capabilities.

Work on the review contracts is expected to be completed in June 2014, the Navy said.

Reader Comments

Thu, Aug 22, 2013 Editor

We stand corrected. The UCLASS award was four $15 million contracts totaling $60 million.

Wed, Aug 21, 2013

Since there then 4 contracts, does that mean a total of $60M was awarded, or were there 4 contracts, each valued at $11.25M?

Fri, Aug 16, 2013

I believe the Navy awarded 4 UCLASS contracts, not 3. Northrop Grumman also got one.

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