The Lockheed Sea Ghost is a proposal to fulfill the United States Navy’s requirement for a Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance and Strike program (UCLASS). Lockheed claims it can reduce manpower requirements because a single operator could be able to operate multiple aircraft. Lockheed had a full-scale mock-up of the design to look at fit checks when the pre-solicitation was issued. The flying wing design was chosen as it was well suited for the missions intended for the aircraft, and the company had experience with it. It is aerodynamically efficient, allows for very low signatures, is structurally simplistic, and is easy to manufacture. The Sea Ghost will use sea spray optimized stealth materials developed for the F-35. The Sea Ghost is made to operate autonomously, with the operator intervening if necessary.
The Lockheed Sea Ghost is competing against the Northrop Grumman X-47B, the General Atomics Sea Avenger, and the Boeing Phantom Ray in the program.
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.
Integration of Proven Technologies
- Leveraging manned and unmanned operational systems
- Maximum reuse of hardware and software
Persistent 24/7 ISR
- Affordable, reliable, continuous, actionable intelligence
Full Spectrum Adaptability
- Enabling operations in any scenario – and in any environment
- Counter terrorism operations and carrier-based ISR and strike
- Multi-spectral stealth, as well as emissions and bandwidth management to defeat detection and enable mission success
Open Systems Architecture
- Designed to reduce system integration time and cost
- Enabling affordable reuse of proven hardware, software and systems
Reduced Manpower Demands
- Multi-vehicle control by a single operator
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.
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