Mathias Winter: Navy Evaluating Carrier Drone Requirements Ahead of RFP Release

Rear Adm. Mathias Winter

A final request for proposals for the U.S. Navy‘s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike Air Vehicle development program is scheduled for release this summer, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday.

Colin Clark reports that top Defense Department officials will meet to discuss the U.S. military aviation portfolio, including the UCLASS program.

DoD Buzz reported Monday that Rear Adm. Mathias Winter, Navy program executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons, discussed the status of the branch’s carrier UAV project at an international airshow in the U.K.

“An analysis of alternatives already identified that this warrants a Navy unique capability,” Winter said, according to DoD Buzz.

“Our job now is to ensure we have the right set of design requirements to give to industry to deliver that capability,” he added.

The Navy awarded $60 million in contracts to Boeing, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman last summer to help the service in the UCLASS preliminary design review phase.

According to Kris Osborn‘s report, a defense acquisition board will hold a meeting later this month to issue an approval decision on UCLASS requirements.

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