Northrop Bullish on Building Navy Drone Fleet | Defense Tech

Northrop Grumman Corp. is pursuing a contract to build a fleet of stealthy, carrier-based drones for the U.S. Navy while it explores commercial uses for the technology, a vice president said.

The successful landing last month of an experimental drone aboard the deck of an aircraft carrier was one of the Falls Church, Va.-based company’s many firsts in the history of unmanned aviation, according to Thomas Vice, a corporate vice president and president of Northrop’s aerospace systems unit.

“Because of our learning and our experience and investments we have made in this technology, we are very focused on competing and winning the UCLASS program,” he said during a news conference today at the National Press Club, referring to the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike effort to build an armed, carrier-based drone fleet.

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