Navy Readies Bid Solicitation For UCLASS System Project

DroneLaunchCarrierThe U.S. Navy is preparing to issue a formal request for bids on the aerial element of its proposed unmanned technology for surveillance and strike missions.

Four companies have prequalified to compete for the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike program, according to a March 13 FedBizOpps post.

Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems won $15 million each to participate in the UCLASS preliminary design review phase.

The Naval Air Systems Command seeks to build a jet-powered drone that can support ISR operations and execute strikes at up to 2,000-mile range.

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