Tag Archives: UCLASS

Navy Demos Common Control System on Unmanned Vehicle; Ralph Lee Comments

The U.S. Navy has conducted underwater demonstrations on a fresh common control system with an unmanned vehicle at the Puget Sound, Washington-based Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport. The system transmitted pre-planned missions to the autonomous controller of a large displacement unmanned undersea vehicle during the tests in December, the Navy …

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CNO John Richardson: Carrier-Launched Drone Program Should Pick Up Pace

U.S. Chief of Naval of Operations Adm. John Richardson has pushed for speedy progress in the U.S. Navy’s effort to develop a new unmanned armed aircraft for launch from a carrier at sea, Reuters reported Monday. Richardson believes the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike program is the way forward for the …

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Ray Mabus: Remove Overhead, Redundancies to Move Navy Programs Forward

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus believes budget appropriators should look at eliminating bureaucracy and overhead costs at the Defense Department rather than slashing needed defense equipment, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday. Allyson Versprille writes that Mabus, who spoke at a recent American Enterprise Institute event, sees spending at some agencies as either …

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Ray Mabus: Navy Must Maintain Tech R&D Budget

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said at a Defense One-hosted forum Wednesday that the military service wants flexibility in how it spends federal money on weapon systems, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Shefali Kapadia writes Mabus added the Navy needs to gain a technological edge as security threats evolve. “That’s why …

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GAO: Navy Needs to Balance UCLASS Program Budget, Requirements

The Government Accountability Office has advised the U.S. Navy to review funding and technology resources for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance Strike aircraft development program. GAO said Monday the delay of Navy’s UCLASS program was caused by a debate over whether the future carrier-based drone’s primary mission should be surveillance …

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Ray Mabus: Navy Should Embrace Autonomous Tech as ‘New Normal’

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has said he believes the Navy’s Lockheed Martin-built F-35s should be the last type of manned aerial platform in the U.S. naval aircraft fleet, USNI News reported Wednesday. “Unmanned systems, particularly autonomous ones, have to be the new normal in ever-increasing areas,” Mabus told his audience …

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John McCain Calls for Different Requirements to Move UCLASS Program Forward

Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has asked Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to prioritize the Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike program, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Colin Clark writes that the program has faced delays over concerns on the balance of requirements in weapons payload size, operational range …

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