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US Navy Postpones UCLASS Program Competition Until FY 2016; William Lescher Comments

William Lescher
William Lescher

The U.S. Navy has moved to complete a requirements review for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance Strike program and postpone competition until fiscal 2016, Reuters reported Monday.

Rear Adm. William Lescher, deputy assistant secretary for budget at the Navy, told reporters the carrier-based unmanned strike and surveillance aircraft is expected to enter operation after 2022 or 2023, Andrea Shalal reports.

The Navy decided to delay the release of a request for proposals over intelligence, surveillance and cost issues, according to the report.

Reuters lists Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Atomics as among the companies that could bid for the project.

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