Developing the UK’s first uncrewed combat air system in record time. That’s Defining Possible.

Proven Expertise in Autonomous Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) Systems

Northrop Grumman in the UK is the systems engineering partner on Project MOSQUITO: the design and manufacture of a technology demonstrator of the UK’s first uncrewed combat air system (UCAS).

Phase 2 of Project MOSQUITO will rapidly design and manufacture a technology demonstrator that could lead to a revolutionary uncrewed loyal wingman capability being deployed alongside the RAF’s F-35, Typhoon and next generation Tempest to enhance protection, survivability and information advantage to aircrews. Dramatic cost and time savings versus the development of traditional combat aircraft will be realised by our expertise in Lean-Agile practices and process which enable digital integrated solutions leveraging DevSecOps and model-based systems engineering approaches. By applying modern software development practices to a digital engineering environment we are significantly reducing the time required to build a flying demonstrator while allowing for seamless integration of additional future capabilities.

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The Future of Autonomous Systems

Our Advanced Mission Management, an international variant of DA/RC (Distributed Autonomy/Responsive Control), gateway offerings and advanced mesh networking capabilities will provide Project MOSQUITO with seamless human-machine collaboration and cooperative mission management capabilities across distributed manned and unmanned assets.

The integration of these technologies stems from Northrop Grumman’s leadership position in autonomous systems which allows us to combine our expertise in design, survivability and advanced mission systems with rapid prototyping to deliver advanced solutions that help to maintain a competitive military advantage in highly contested environments.

Project MOSQUITO is a UK cross-industry and Government programme, developing sovereign capabilities for the Royal Air Force. Spirit AeroSystems in Belfast is the team lead working alongside Northrop Grumman in the UK, Intrepid Minds, Dstl and the RAF Rapid Capabilities Office.

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