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Pentagon to Navy: Convert UCLASS Program Into Unmanned Aerial Tanker, Accelerate F-35 Development, Buy More Super Hornets

Pentagon to Navy: Convert UCLASS Program Into Unmanned Aerial Tanker, Accelerate F-35 Development, Buy More Super Hornets

X-47B taking on fuel from a tanker on April 22, 2015. US Navy Photo

X-47B taking on fuel from a tanker on April 22, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) effort is being retooled as primarily a carrier-based unmanned aerial refueling platform — one of several Pentagon directed naval aviation mandates in the service’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget submission. Read More

Retired Brig. Gen. Frank Kelley Named First-Ever Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems

Retired Brig. Gen. Frank Kelley Named First-Ever Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems

Then Brig. Gen. Frank Kelley, commander of Marine Corps Systems Command on Feb. 14, 2014. Kelley was named on Tuesday as the first deputy assistant secretary of the navy for unmanned systems. US Marine Corps Photo

Then Brig. Gen. Frank Kelley, commander of Marine Corps Systems Command on Feb. 14, 2014. Kelley was named on Tuesday as the first deputy assistant secretary of the navy for unmanned systems. US Marine Corps Photo

ARLINGTON, VA. — Retired Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Frank Kelley, who commanded Marine Corps Systems Command from 2010 to 2014, will serve as the first-ever deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for unmanned systems. Read More

House, Senate Armed Services Committees Agree to Support UCLASS, Additional Aircraft Procurement

House, Senate Armed Services Committees Agree to Support UCLASS, Additional Aircraft Procurement

Salty Dog 502 as part of an April 11, 2015 non-contact test with a refueling tanker. The first successful autonomous refueling occurred on April 22, 2015. US Navy Photo

Salty Dog 502 as part of an April 11, 2015 non-contact test with a refueling tanker. The first successful autonomous refueling occurred on April 22, 2015. US Navy Photo

The House and Senate armed services committees came to an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2016, releasing a $604.2-billion authorization plan after months of hashing out nearly 900 discrepancies between the bills. Read More

Navy Names First Director of Unmanned Weapon Systems

Navy Names First Director of Unmanned Weapon Systems

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses chief selects during a chief pinning ceremony at Hickam Officer's Club Lanai at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sept. 16, 2015. US Navy Photo

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses chief selects during a chief pinning ceremony at Hickam Officer’s Club Lanai at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sept. 16, 2014. US Navy Photo

This post was updated with additional comments from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations provided to USNI News on Monday.

The Navy has named its first director of unmanned weapon systems to guide the development of the Navy’s future unmanned efforts in the air and on and under the sea, the Pentagon announced on Friday afternoon. Read More

Document: SECNAV Mabus' Navy Artificial Intelligence Memo

Document: SECNAV Mabus’ Navy Artificial Intelligence Memo

The following is the June 5, 2015 memo from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford on accelerating artificial intelligence development in the Department of the Navy. Read More

SECNAV Mabus: X-47B Tests Should Continue Without Giving UCLASS Advantage to Northrop Grumman

SECNAV Mabus: X-47B Tests Should Continue Without Giving UCLASS Advantage to Northrop Grumman

X-47B taking on fuel from a tanker on April 22, 2015. US Navy Photo

X-47B taking on fuel from a tanker on April 22, 2015. US Navy Photo

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said he would like to see the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program move forward soon, and he’d like to continue testing the X-47B Unmanned Carrier Air Vehicle demonstrator (UCAS-D) program in the mean time without giving an advantage to builder Northrop Grumman. Read More

SASC Markup Adds $725 Million for 2 New Carrier UAV Prototypes, More X-47B Testing

SASC Markup Adds $725 Million for 2 New Carrier UAV Prototypes, More X-47B Testing

Northrop Grumman X-47B Salty Dog 502 during carrier tests in 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

Northrop Grumman X-47B Salty Dog 502 during carrier tests in 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

The Senate Armed Services Committee — concerned with the Navy’s direction for its planned unmanned carrier aircraft program — wants the Pentagon to oversee development of two new carrier capable prototype unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and restart testing of the service’s two Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) in a combined $725 million effort, according to a summary of the SASC’s markup of the Fiscal Year 2016 defense authorization bill released Thursday evening. Read More