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 operational environment and, when fielded, will provide a persistent, aircraft carrier-based intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, targeting, and strike capability to support carrier air wing operations.
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 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.
The Navy will announce the air segment draft request for proposal (RFP) for the UCLASS technology development (TD) phase in second quarter FY14. The final air segment RFP release is scheduled for third quarter FY14, followed by contract award in third quarter FY15.