The Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system is the next step in the Navy’s evolutionary integration of unmanned air systems into the carrier strike group. It will provide a carrier-based unmanned aircraft system that supports long-endurance, proven Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting (ISR&T) and precision strike capability to Joint and Naval Warfare Commanders.


UCLASS is a three-segment system consisting of a control system and connectivity segment, a carrier segment, and an air segment. The government will function as lead system integrator for the UCLASS system.

  • The system will maximize use of existing technology/capabilities to launch and control the air vehicle, transfer data, and support persistent surveillance and precision strike operations.
  • The system will be integrated into carrier-controlled airspace operations and will be maintained in accordance with standard fleet processes as tailored for unmanned applications.