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Lockheed Embarks on New Surveillance Aircraft R&D Program

Lockheed Embarks on New Surveillance Aircraft R&D Program - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Lockheed Martin BlueLockheed Martin‘s Skunk Works unit is developing a high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft that would look as an upgraded version of the company’s U-2 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaisance platform, Flightglobal reported Monday.

James Drew writes Skunk Works envisions the future RQ-X/UQ-2 having an unmanned and a manned operational mode, an F118 engine and multiple sensors.

“Think of a low-observable U-2,“ Scott Winstead, Lockheed’s U-2 strategic development manager, was quoted as saying.

“It's pretty much where the U-2 is today, but add a low-observable body and more endurance.“

The U.S. Air Force, which owns a fleet of U-2 planes, has not formalized any plans for a HALE system research and development program, the report said.

Lockheed had proposed making the ISR aircraft unmanned but the proposal did not gain traction at the military service.

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