Pentagon budget 2022: US Navy requests increased unmanned investments
- The navy requests about USD268.9 million for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program, which was recently restructured with near-term focus on the new Unmanned Carrier Aviation n(UCA)/MQ-25 Stingray program and accelerated fielding timelines.
- The MQ-25 Stingray program is working to develop an unmanned capability to embark on aircraft carriers as part of the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) to conduct aerial refueling as a primary mission and provide some intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability as a secondary mission.
- Boeing and Naval Air Systems Command have been testing the MQ-25A T1 prototype. The program is slated to conduct Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) FY 2024 . Initial Operational Capability is scheduled for FY 2025.
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