WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — One of the largest U.S. government defense contractors unveiled its latest drone plans for the Navy.
Lockheed Martin revealed the UCLASS Sea Ghost concept last week, an unmanned aircraft “with capability growth margins to meet future threat scenario requirements.”
Lockheed’s press release states that the Sea Ghost’s key features will have carrier-based capability and a precision strike system.
“Lockheed Martin’s UCLASS concept, Sea Ghost, leverages its experience with the RQ-170 Sentinel Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), the Joint Strike Fighter F-35C and other Navy program technologies,” the release said.
The drone is expected to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance collection and offer a light strike capability.
According to Wired, Lockheed will face competition from Boeing, Northrop Grumman and General Atomics for the Naval contract to have military operational drones by the end of 2018.
Melissa Dalton, Lockheed Martin spokesperson, told Wired that the Sea Ghost photo released by the company was a research project that was looking into “different shapes and materials for both manned and unmanned vehicles.”
CBSDC has reached out to Lockheed Martin for comment.