Lockheed Martin announce UCLASS at Navy League’s Exposition

The Lockheed Martin Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) air vehicle concept integrates proven technologies from F-35C, RQ-170 Sentinel and other operational systems to provide both the lowest development risk and greatest

Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission capability. Our approach leverages the experience of the Skunk Works® and our cross-corporation team to meet the Navy’s requirements for a versatile and supportable carrier-based unmanned aircraft. UCLASS will balance endurance, early operational capability, and inherent growth that will enable operations in any environment or threat scenario.

Key Features

  • Integration of proven technologies
  • Persistent 24/7 ISR operations
  • Full spectrum adaptability
  • Signature control
  • Open systems architecture
  • Reduced manpower requirements for command, control, and maintenance
  • Future growth provisions


UCLASS is envisioned to be a versatile, carrier-based unmanned aircraft system that will provide persistent ISR collection combined with a light strike capability. Lockheed Martin’s innovative approach supports the Navy’s efforts to develop an operational UCLASS capability within the current schedule and budget.