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Thursday, May 07, 2015

AUVSI: Lockheed urges more X-47B testing

X-47B UCLASSLockheed Martin wants to see the continuation of the X-47B demonstrator programme led by Northrop Grumman as the US Navy’s unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) competition enters a “waiting period” with no firm requirements so far revealed.

Bob Ruszkowski, Lockheed’s director of advanced air dominance and unmanned systems strategy, says that industry and the navy still have much to learn about unmanned operations within a battle carrier group that is swarming with manned aircraft.

“It’s still very important for the navy to continue to learn how to operate unmanned aircraft in a manned aircraft environment,” he says. “The navy would have a lot to gain from continuing those demonstrations.”

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