Sikorsky and Raytheon to develop UCAR

Sikorsky Aircraft Company and Raytheon have teamed to develop an Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft concept for the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Sikorsky Aircraft Company and Raytheon have teamed to develop an Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR) concept for the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The Sikorsky-Raytheon team has won a DARPA trade study contract to develop a conceptual design, substantiate its effectiveness and cost projections, and draw a roadmap for the UCAR program.

Sikorsky, which led the field of autonomous unmanned rotorcraft development with the Cypher UAV, will provide low observable combat rotorcraft design and integration experience derived from the Comanche stealth helicopter.

Raytheon will provide advanced sensors, advanced weapon development, unmanned aerial vehicle command and control, and C4ISR integration derived from experience on Global Hawk, Predator and Army Airborne Command and Control System (A2C2S).

The goal of the UCAR, formerly known as the Robotic Rotary Wingman (R2W) program, is to develop and demonstrate the capability to conduct armed reconnaissance and to attack camouflaged and concealed targets.