The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently completed phase 1 of its Gremlins program, which envisions volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs)—or “gremlins”—that could be launched and later retrieved in midair. Taking the program to its next stage, the agency has awarded phase 2 contracts to two teams, one led by Dynetics Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, and the other by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego.
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The U.S. Navy’s investment in its own fleet of high-altitude, long-range unmanned aerial systems called Tritons marks a detour from the military’s longtime use of satellite technology to connect its arsenal of big platforms such as Global Hawks and Predators.
AAI Corp, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a $75,010,510 cost-plus-fixed fee contract to support the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, Software Engineering Directorate's Joint System Integration Laboratory for technology integration into the contractor's fleet of unmanned aircraft systems, including the Shadow, and associated ground support equipment to allow the demonstration of enhanced or improved UAS platform, payload, and ground systems performance. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-14-D-0020).
Insitu Incorporated, Bingen, Washington, is being awarded an $11,994,145 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for operational and maintenance services in support of the ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Systems. These services will provide electro-optical/infrared and mid-wave infrared imagery in support of U.S. Marine Corps operations in Operation Enduring Freedom to provide real-time imagery and data. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
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.
Lockheed Martin, Mission System and Sensors, Owego, New York, was awarded a $47 million contract to provide autonomous technologies for unmanned aerial systems to maximize performance requirements and capabilities with mature technologies. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia, is the contracting activity.