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Swedish Army Purchases AeroVironment Unmanned Aircraft

June 11, 2012
By George Seffers

AeroVironment Incorporated, Monrovia, California, recently announced that it has received a firm fixed-price order for 12 hybrid small unmanned aircraft systems from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk) on behalf of the Swedish Army. The order consists of Puma AE and Wasp air vehicles, ground stations, training, and logistics support. Contract options could increase the procurement to a total of 30 systems. The Swedish Army will deploy the systems to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in support of a wide variety of missions.

General Atomics Receives Nearly $142 Million to Support Gray Eagle

May 11, 2012
By George Seffers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, was awarded a $141,832,994 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract. The award will provide for the services in support of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft systems. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Northrop to Provide E-2D Hawkeye Components

April 30, 2012
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Integrated Systems, Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $31,423,996 firm-fixed-price delivery order for spare components of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye low rate initial production, Lots 3 and 4. The company also is being awarded a $15,343,569 firm-fixed-price order against a previously issued basic order agreement for the procurement, packaging, handling, storage, transportation and delivery of the 146 E-2D avionic units under test in support of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity for both awards.

NAVMAR to Deploy Advanced C5ISR Architecture and Persistent Surveillance

September 29, 2011
By George Seffers

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation, Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $12,436,224 cost-plus-fixed-fee order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement to continue efforts initiated under Small Business Innovation Research topic N94-178, to assess, procure, deploy, and support an advanced coalition, command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment and system of architecture. Twenty percent of the work will be performed in Afghanistan. The company is also being awarded a $12,341,259 order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the assessment, procurement, and deployment of innovative intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems, and communication systems in support of phase three Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems. This effort also includes the assessment of unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) noise reducing technology, aircraft aerodynamics with increased lift and decreased drag, UAV weatherization, long endurance, submersible technology, interoperability of airborne and waterborne techniques to support ISR military operations and counter-narco-terrorism and related support hardware. The company is being awaded a third contract, a $12,336,876 order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the assessment, procurement, and deployment of innovative intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems, and communication systems, micro unmanned aircraft vehicle technology, and related hardware in support of phase three Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems. This effort also includes the procurement of 10 appropriately configured TigerShark unmanned aircraft system for precision acquisition weaponized system testing. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity for all three awards.

Wyle Labs Walks Away with Five High-Tech Contracts

September 29, 2011
By George Seffers

Wyle Laboratories Incorporated, Huntsville, Alabama, has recently been awarded several contracts. The first is a $49,181,949 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract to provide research and analysis to replace existing handheld biometrics, which currently lack the required reliability, quality, and supportability. Research will provide biometric system assessments, technology, and architecture enhancements, and prototype development to enable information fusion. Specific deliverables include: analysis of alternatives, configuration analysis, sensitive site exploitation, and tagging/tracking location reports. The second is a $47,595,440 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract to provide for reliability, maintainability, quality, supportability, and interoperability to develop and enhance the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory. Research results will be used to enhance efficiencies, reliability, and interoperability of systems, equipment, and information technologies. Research will support exploitation capability requirements and apply those requirements to other geographic combatant commands to establish long-term programmatic responsibilities and identify gaps and vulnerabilities between expeditionary entities. Third is a $44,953,376 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract to provide development of reliability improvement processes and successful implementation to enhance readiness while reducing life-cycle costs for unmanned aerial systems programs utilizing reliability, maintainability, quality, supporting ability, and interoperability best practices.

Northrop Grumman Receives Sand Dragon Contract

August 15, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Integrated Systems Air Combat Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded an approximate $26 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification for Sand Dragon B. This effort is to develop and deploy an innovative airborne counter-IED capability unmanned aerial system. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

AAI Receives Shadow System Support Funds

August 3, 2011
By George Seffers

AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a more than $18 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the engineering services in support of the Shadow 200 unmanned aircraft system. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Two Firms Awarded Unmanned System Contracts

July 29, 2011
By George Seffers

General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, and Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, are each being awarded a $45 million maximum cost-plus-fixed indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to develop and improve manufacturing processes for all aspects of remotely piloted vehicles/aircraft. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

AAI Supports Shadow Unmanned Aircraft

July 26, 2011
By George Seffers

AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a more than $9 million contract modification to provide engineering services in support of the Shadow 200 unmanned aircraft systems. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

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.

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