The U.S. Army is planning to test a new long-endurance multi-intelligence unmanned vehicle in Afghanistan this summer. Developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation, the aircraft resembles a small blimp. It is designed to carry multiple intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) payloads for more than 21 days at altitudes of more than 22,000 feet. Other vertical take-off and landing vehicles the Army is exploring include the Boeing A160 Hummingbird.
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AeroVironment Incorporated, Monrovia, California, recently received an approximate $13 million contract modification to confirm Puma unmanned aircraft systems training and contractor logistics support. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Owego, New York, is being awarded a more than $45 million contract for two cargo unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and pre-deployment readiness activities in support of cargo UAS services in Afghanistan and required modifications to the systems. Frontier Systems Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company, Irvine, California, is being awarded nearly $30 million for a similar contract. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.