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UAS Studies Take Flight

January 23, 2012

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. The study of innovative unmanned aerial systems (UASs) is being financed by overseas contingency operations funds. The service is looking for economical ways to replace its aging ISR platforms such as its Kiowa fleet, which includes some assets that are approximately 35 years old.

AeroVironment to Support Puma Training and Logistics

June 10, 2011
By George Seffers

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.

Companies to Deliver Cargo Unmanned Aerial Systems in Afghanistan

December 3, 2010
By George Seffers

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.

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