began its life at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in 1998.
One major problem for the services was that DARPA focused on building J-UCAS
prototypes without addressing long-term issues such as logistics support, maintenance, spare parts and training.
This demonstration concludes an exciting and precedent-setting time,'' said Michael Francis, DARPA's J-UCAS
Among the programs likely to get pushed to the right are unmanned aircraft development programs such as the J-UCAS
combat drone and the broad area maritime surveillance aircraft.
Northrop Grumman's J-UCAS
program is led by the company's Integrated Systems sector.
The soul of J-UCAS
lies in the command-and-control, sensor, and weapons systems that enable their operation.
PERC is chosen for systems requiring high reliability and elasticity, such as Lockheed Martin Aegis destroyer upgrade, Future Combat Systems, Boeing J-UCAS
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, and many complex applications outside the defense market.
The site selection was made after a combined Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, Air Force and Navy team evaluated several installations, said Michael Francis, DARPA's J-UCAS
Other things like J-UCAS
, MALD-J, the electron war and high-power microwave weapons are, as for the moment, good wishes.
The next major milestone for the X-45 J-UCAS
program will be the demonstration of multiple-vehicle coordinated flight.
The Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance (ISR) capability segment for unmanned aerial systems will continue to provide sustained funding while weaponized unmanned aerial systems, particularly the J-UCAS
program, will face particular scrutiny due to increasing costs and potential overlap in strike assets.
Dave Koopersmith will lead the J-UCAS
X-45 program as it matures from basic demonstration systems to robust operational assessment demonstrations,'' said Darryl Davis, Global Strike Solutions vice president.