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Unmanned Vehicles

DARPA confirms role for Lockheed in LongShot Phase 1

8th March 2021 - 16:49 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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US eyes an air-launched UAV capable of attacking targets from standoff range.

Lockheed Martin has received a $7.83 million contract from DARPA for Phase 1 design work on the LongShot programme.

This contract provides research, development and demonstration funds for the futuristic air-launched UAV that is envisaged to be capable of firing multiple air-to-air weapons from standoff range.

Work will be completed by February 2022 at three US locations.

Lockheed Martin is one of three US companies to receive LongShot Phase I contracts from DARPA, the others being General Atomics and Northrop Grumman.

Ultimately, a full-scale air-launched demonstration system will be built that will be capable of controlled flight before, during, and after weapon ejection under operational conditions.

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