Friday, December 20, 2013

Congress Scales Back Initial US Navy UCLASS Attack Drone Buy

The US government's Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) dramatically scales back the US Navy's (USN's) plans to field the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance and Strike System (UCLASS) aircraft, among other things.

According to the legislation, the navy would not be able to acquire more than six air vehicles prior to a 'Milestone B' decision to enter the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase. The USN previously has said that it plans to acquire up to 24 air vehicles prior to EMD.

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