According to a recent news release, NAVAIR engineers have recently installed new software for the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system’s control station, integrating the latest iteration of Common Control System (CCS) software into the next-generation unmanned effort.
The integration of CCS software is designed to lay the groundwork for potential use across multiple domains, including airborne, land and subsurface. Jeff Davis, CCS team lead, notes in the release that the CCS was designed so software didn’t have to be rebuilt for each UAS project. The Navy is committed to using existing products in their inventory to provide a technology baseline going forward, enabling development teams to focus on building future software solutions.
Ron La France, UCLASS integration lead, said, “One of the unique aspects of the UCLASS program is that we have to pull all of the different segments together. We have the control station and connectivity segment, carrier segment, along with the air system segment. All three of those have to be integrated and tested at the system level and that is what we will do here in this lab.”
The release indicates that government-led segments often require a high level of coordination. The UCLASS program team is working with 72 programs, 22 program offices, six program executive offices and three systems commands. In addition to using CCS software as a foundation for future projects, the Navy could also use continuous integration testing to ensure varying software updates integrate smoothly throughout development. As a result, developers would be able to focus their attention on the progression of the project at hand.
UCLASS is being designed to be the first ever, forward-deployed, carrier-based unmanned air system, proving persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting with precision-strike capability.
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