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UCAR - the next generation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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August 16, 2003

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The Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR) Program aims to take pilot-less aircraft to the next level by creating an intelligent "pack" that can take action individually or in collaboration to locate and destroy targets in the battlefield. Known as the "Wolves of War, Lockheed Martin is developing complex network integration systems as part of the joint project between the US army and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

System intelligence that enables both autonomous and collaborative action and the ability to detect threats and deliver "smart" weapons payloads are key areas of development being headed by Lockheed Martin.

To achieve "Battlespace Situational Awareness", the UCAR system will operate in close combatand at a stand-off range requiring both lethal capabilities and agility in the air.

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. have been chosen by DARPA along with Lockheed Martin Systems Integration to continue the second phase of the Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR) program.

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