RAF Rapid Capabilities Office Awards Three Contracts to Develop ‘Mosquito’ UCAV Technology Demonstrator Under LANCA Programme

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF)’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) has announced the award of three contracts to develop a technology demonstrator, named ‘Mosquito’, under the Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA) programme.

The contracts were awarded in April 2019 to three teams led by Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd, Boeing Defence UK Ltd, and Callen-Lenz (Team BLACKDAWN partnered with Bombardier Belfast and Northrop Grumman UK Ltd).

The new project will see the development of a novel unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) and was announced by the RAF and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) following on from last year’s revealing of the concept future fighter jet Tempest.

The LANCA programme aims to explore the utility and feasibility of unmanned capabilities which can be added to existing and future Fast Jet aircraft, specifically those that offer substantial reductions in programme costs and development timelines.

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