House Committee Seeks to Stall UCLASS Program Pending New Pentagon Unmanned Aviation Study

House Committee Seeks to Stall UCLASS Program Pending New Pentagon Unmanned Aviation Study

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator sits on an aircraft elevator of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on May 6.

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator sits on an aircraft elevator of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on May 6.

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) seeks to put on hold the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft program and directs the Pentagon to fund a study for a future carrier-borne unmanned strike aircraft, according to language in the HASC’s Seapower and Projections Forces Committee’s mark of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Bill. Read More

UCLASS Timeline

UCLASS Timeline

The following is a brief history of the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program compiled by USNI News.

U.S. Navy Awards ‘Largest Shipbuilding Contract’ in Service History

U.S. Navy Awards ‘Largest Shipbuilding Contract’ in Service History

USS Mississippi (SSN-782) conducts alpha trials in the Atlantic Ocean in 2012. US Navy Photo

USS Mississippi (SSN-782) conducts alpha trials in the Atlantic Ocean in 2012. US Navy Photo

U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command awarded a $17.8 billion contract for ten Block IV Virginia-class attack submarines (SSN-774) to prime contractor General Dynamic Electric Boat in the largest single shipbuilding contract in the service’s history, NAVSEA said on Monday in a late afternoon statement. Read More

Mockup of American Carrier to be Used as Target in Iranian Exercise

Mockup of American Carrier to be Used as Target in Iranian Exercise

A commercial satellite image of the Nimitz-class carrier mockup under construction in Iran. Digital Globe Photo

A commercial satellite image of the Nimitz-class carrier mockup under construction in Iran. Digital Globe Photo

This post was updated from a previous version to include additional quotes from U.S. 5th Fleet.

A mock-up of an American aircraft carrier will be used as a target by Iranian naval forces in an upcoming exercise, the head of the naval branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Sunday in local press reports. Read More