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Northrop to Study Options for Fleet of Carrier-Launched UAVs

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Northrop Grumman to Help U.S. Navy Study Options for Developing Fleet of Carrier-Launched Unmanned Systems

(Source: Northrop Grumman; issued July 7, 2011)

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. --- The U.S. Navy will gain insight into the technical risks, challenges and operational benefits of developing a new fleet of unmanned carrier-launched surveillance and strike (UCLASS) aircraft through a study contract awarded June 23 to Northrop Grumman Corporation.

The nine-month contract, worth approximately $500,000, was one of four related contracts awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Md. 

Under terms of the study contract, Northrop Grumman will support pre-Milestone A activities including developing concepts of operation for a UCLASS system; defining system design and architecture concepts capable of meeting the Navy's desired 2018 Limited Operational Capability; and conducting a cost-schedule-performance analysis of alternative approaches to implementing the proposed UCLASS system.

Under the contract, the company will also help the Navy analyze the relative maturity and near-term availability of UCLASS-relevant technologies; and address system affordability issues by identifying ways to shorten key development, test, and certification timelines.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.