Unmanned Systems

The best person for the job
isn’t always one.

Unmanned systems are changing the way militaries operate and protect forces, the way first responders fight fires and how researchers explore the ocean terrains. The success of an unmanned system in any domain is best demonstrated by the way it integrates with manned activity and serves as a capability multiplier, rather than a one-for-one swap. Lockheed Martin’s portfolio emphasizes the human-machine team to expand capabilities, whether conducting tactical surveillance in a war zone, dousing forest fires, moving supplies in a convoy or inspecting underwater pipelines.

Elements of Robotics and Autonomy in Unmanned Systems

Lockheed Martin’s unmanned technologies enable our systems to go farther, operate longer and succeed in harsh or dangerous conditions. Within these systems are elements that make them smart – and ultimately help users make intelligent decisions.

Perception, Processing, Planning, Power, People
In addition to using cameras and sensors, unmanned systems are programmed to sense and navigate the world and challenging terrains.   Incredible computing capabilities onboard the platform and within the ground control allow systems to communicate with teams of humans and other systems.   Affordable, portable and long-lasting power sources help the system to improve mobility and speed up processing ability.   Technologies on and off the platform help the unmanned system to understand its task and how to respond to obstacles, weather conditions and other unknown interferences.   Unmanned technologies help the human operators understand the environment and take action in a variety of missions, ranging from military to civil and commercial.

Meeting Challenging Missions

As our service customers evolve their unmanned missions, we’re increasing expeditionary capabilities, providing longer endurance and beyond-line-of-sight communications, offering a wider variety of payloads and increased payload capabilities, and focusing on survivability and reliability.

Time is critical for first responders and firefighters, and unmanned systems can help to reduce both time and cost in scenarios like search and rescue, firefighting and disaster relief, where manned assets may be grounded, or roads unimproved.

As commercial use of unmanned systems becomes more reliable and safe, new uses for these systems will continue to proliferate, which will increase productivity, reduce operating costs, and increase safety for workers.

Video The future of optionally manned and unmanned vehicles

Air, Land and Sea Systems

Our portfolio of sophisticated unmanned systems are currently being used for a variety of lifesaving military and commercial applications, and the demand for these capabilities is growing. Click below to learn more.

Desert Hawk UAS
Fury UAS
Indago UAS
Marlin AUV

Stalker UAS
Ground Control Systems

Vector Hawk

Feature Stories

Employee Spotlight

Jung Riecks



Every aspiring engineer faces a tough decision: Where do I start my career? 

Jung Riecks remembers getting chills watching a documentary about the competition for the F-35 fighter jet and deciding her path on the spot; she would study aerospace engineering.

“I knew I wanted to be an aerospace engineer” she said. “I watched in awe. I wanted to control how the jet performs short take-offs and hovers. It was amazing. There was some kind of magic going on in the background, and I wanted to be a part of it.” Read more