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Unmanned Systems

A Passion for Unmanned Innovation

Since ancient times, the potential of unmanned systems has fired the imagination—from mechanical servants who waited on Hephaestus, the Greek god of technology, to human-like robots sketched by Leonardo Da Vinci.  Later, although never used in World War I, Orville Wright helped develop the unmanned Kettering Aerial Torpedo.

Now, those dreams of yesterday have turned into reality. Unmanned systems are changing modern warfare and making many other jobs easier and safer.
With more than five decades experience in unmanned and robotic systems, Lockheed Martin offers multiple solutions for air, land and sea. From the depths of the ocean to the rarified air of the stratosphere, Lockheed Martin’s unmanned systems help our military, civil and commercial customers accomplish their most difficult challenges.

Lockheed Martin’s unmanned systems deliver.

In the Air: The K-MAX unmanned cargo helicopter keeps forward operating bases supplied, reducing the number of truck convoys – and the troops that protect them – on the dangers roads of Afghanistan. Unmanned aerial systems like Desert Hawk III enables soldiers to see what’s over the next hill, while persistent surveillance platforms like PTDS, High Altitude Airship, Hybrid Air Vehicle and ISIS can keep eyes in the sky over vast areas for weeks, months and even years at a time.

On Land: Lockheed Martin’s unmanned Squad Mission Support System vehicle tags along with soldiers in the field, lessoning their load and supplying an additional source for much needed power. Working with DARPA, our Transformer TX literally takes “off-roading” to new heights by combining a ground vehicle with Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) technology to make an entirely different kind of hybrid.

At Sea: Our Remote Minehunting System’s reconnaissance capability keeps ships and their sailors out of minefields and danger. The autonomous Marlin underwater vehicle offers the offshore oil and gas industry a quicker and safer way to conduct undersea surveys and inspections by eliminating the need for divers.

Over the past 50 years, Lockheed Martin’s creative spirit helped create this current era of unmanned systems. Our passion for innovation will drive their evolution long into the future.