Report: Boeing, General Atomics, Lockheed, Northrop in Navy Carrier UAV Competition

U.S. Navy photo

Lockheed Martin has developed a new unmanned aerial vehicle as it appears set to enter a U.S. Navy competition for drones based on aircraft carriers, Wired reports.

According to David Axe’s report, Lockheed’s Sea Ghost will compete against other designs from Boeing, General Atomics and Northrop Grumman.

The Navy would choose a design by 2018, according to Axe’s article.

Sea Ghosts have 50-foot wingspans and are reportedly similar to the Northrop-made B-2 stealth bomber because of their radar-evading capabilities.

Lockheed says the Sea Ghost leverages its RQ-170 Sentinel, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other Navy program technologies.

General Atomics is offering its Sea Avenger, which Axe reports is an updated version of the MQ-9 Reaper but with a jet engine in place of the Reaper’s propeller.

Northrop recently tested its X-47B drone at the Navy’s Patuxent River air station, flying it at altitudes of around 7,500 feet and at a speed of 180 air knots.

Citing industry observers, Axe writes Boeing is expected to update its X-45 with modifications for carrier operations.

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