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AAI Provides Shadow Tactical Data Link Kits

March 25, 2014

AAI Corp. Hunt Valley, Md., was awarded a $38,523,230 modification (P00120) to contract W58RGZ-08-C-0023 to purchase five tactical common data link retrofit kits and mobile maintenance facility spares sets for the Shadow unmanned aircraft systems for the U.S. Marine Corps. Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity.

DARPA Awards Shadow UAV Mobile Hotspots Contract

March 14, 2014

L-3 Communications Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded a $16,458,470 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The work will support the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Mobile Hotspots program for phases 2 and 3 (if option is exercised). If successful, the phase 2 effort is expected to deliver a solution consisting of radio and router pods for mounting on Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles, with all mobile hotspots subsystems wholly contained within the pods. The contracting activity is DARPA, Arlington, Va., (HR0011-14-C-0047).

General Atomics Awarded Two Contract Modifications

February 24, 2014

General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., was awarded an $18,109,374 modification (P00014) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0057 for changes to the Universal Ground Control Station. The company also was awarded a $76, 215, 685 modification (P00015) to the same contract to change the Gray Eagle Portable Ground Control Station to a Mobile Ground Control Station. Army Contracting command, Redstone, Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. 

Navmar to Enhance Tigershark UAVs in Afghanistan

February 19, 2014

Navmar Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pa., is being awarded a $44,695,815 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) effort in support of the Copperhead Unmanned Air Systems, specifically Tigershark Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). This project is for the improvement of sensor and platform capabilities, expansion to additional detachments and sustainment of current detachments. This contract includes continued improvements of the Tigershark UAV airframe, incorporation of improved sensors, and integration of improved command and control systems to current and future Copperhead platforms. Work will be performed in Afghanistan; Patuxent River, Md.; and Yuma, Ariz., and is expected to be completed in December 2014. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-14-C-0131).

General Atomics Awarded Two MQ-9 Contract Modifications

February 7, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed  $117,286,467 undefinitized contract action (0118) for an existing firm-fixed-price contract (FA8620-10-G-3038) for the MQ-9 Accelerated Extended Range effort which will field 38 MQ-9 Extended Range aircraft. The company also has been awarded a $16,595,766 delivery order (0114) for an existing contract (FA8620-10-G-3038) for Lead-off Hitter AFSOC MQ-9 Software Line, which will provide MQ-9 software engineering support for the AFSOC fleet of MQ-9 unmanned aerial systems. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Navy Awards Common Sensor Payload Contract

December 23, 2013

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded an $8,977,748 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00164-12-G-JQ66) for common sensor payload (CSP) AN/AAS-53 high-definition retrofits. CSP AN/AAS-53 high- definition retrofits, while functioning on manned or unmanned aircraft, provide battlefield commanders with a day/night imaging sensor and laser designator for reconnaissance, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and target designation. The payload must operate day and night, detect and recognize operationally-meaningful targets at survivable standoff ranges, determine range-to-target, auto track and designate targets for precision-guided standoff weapons, provide target-location coordinates, and display continuous high-resolution imagery to the battlefield commander. The ability to provide such a capability to the supported commander will greatly increase battlefield effectiveness. The CSP high-definition will have adequate on-board processing to perform auto tracking, designation, and to support the transmission of near-real-time motion imagery. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity. 

General Atomics Supports Warrior Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Afghanistan

December 16, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical, Poway, Calif., was awarded an $110,453,269 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for continuing logistic services to the Warrior unmanned aircraft system. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $8,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in Afghanistan and Poway, Calif.  Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-14-C-0008).

Bell to Support MQ-8C

November 18, 2013

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $8,266,644 firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacturing and delivery of three Bell 407 analog helicopters in support of the endurance upgrade of the vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-8C Fire Scout. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0022).

AAI Supports Shadow in Afghanistan

October 30, 2013
George I. Seffers

AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Md., was awarded a cost-plus-incentive-fee, option-included contract with a maximum value of $126,262,568 to provide logistics and operational support services to the Army and Marine Corps for Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft systems. A portion of this contract includes foreign military sales in support of Australia. Work will performed in Afghanistan. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-14-C-0001).

General Atomics to Fill Urgent Reaper Requirement for France

October 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $49,813,377 undefinitized contract action (DO 0112) under a previously existing cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (FA8620-10-G-3038) for France's MQ-9 Reaper urgent request program. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity.

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