#AUVSI: Navy wants UCLASS faster than 2018

A strategy unveiled by the US Navy three months ago toinstall a stealthy unmanned aircraft system (UAS) aboard aircraft carriers by 2018 may seem ambitious, but the service’s top officer wants the capability to arrive even faster.

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4 Responses to #AUVSI: Navy wants UCLASS faster than 2018

  1. Dave 25 August, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    While he is dreaming, would the Admiral like a pony also?

  2. RunningBear 26 August, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    What CNO Roughead is dreaming of is a nightmare for his enemy. The grand days of aviation with goggles and scarf’s are gone. Nine “G” aerobatics with guns are history and aviation combat is about stealth and Mach 3+ missiles (as was said before ‘Nam). UAS with JSF/ F/A-18 is about air dominance and the strike package. The last days of “carrier quals” are looming and that great sensation and satisfaction of “catching” a #3 wire are soon to be a regrettable but necessary personal history. As we have “dummed down” our society, it is getting more difficult to qualify sufficient Naval Aviators. The force multipliers of new UAS and stealth will benefit the naval forces in the short term but excellence in tactics and total platform numbers is the only solution to our dwindling inventories of manned a/c.

  3. Dave 26 August, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    I’m sure that will happen, I was more referring him wanting this thing before 2018. The UCAS-D keeps getting delayed… it was 2012, then 2013, then they just pushed it back again. If UCAS-D doesn’t work, neither does UCLASS… since they’re building on the same foundation to be laid by the X-47B.

  4. sferrin 27 August, 2010 at 3:55 am #

    X-47B baby. Make it so.

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