UAV

December 6, 2017
 

University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $14,999,880 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the air-launched off-board operations program, which involves small unmanned air systems development including pre-launch and post-launch command and control, system integration, capability development, and flight testing. Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, with an expected completion date of March 1, 2023.  Fiscal year 2017 and 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $290,000 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-18-C-2808).

November 3, 2017
 

Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, Plymouth, Minnesota, has been awarded an $8,499,990 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for integrating the mobile-anti unmanned aerial vehicle defense system with a networked low, slow, small, unmanned aerial system integrated defeat system into a mobile platform. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Plymouth, Minnesota, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 26, 2018. Fiscal 2018 aviation procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $4,164,995 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-18-C-0006).

October 25, 2017
 
Blackwing is a submarine-launched unmanned air vehicle (UAV) developed by AeroVironment for the U.S. Navy.

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport, awarded AeroVironment Inc., a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, a contract award for the continuation and expansion of its Blackwing program.

The contract includes orders for multiple Blackwing small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), sensor payloads and refurbishment kits for a total value of $2,578,822 to be delivered by November 2018.

October 17, 2017
 

To support its Global Hawk Program, NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) is tapping Gaithersburg, Maryland-based UltiSat, Incorporated to provide commercial Ku-band satellite capacity with coverage of the Continental United States (CONUS), Atlantic and Pacific. AFRC operates Global Hawk UAV aircraft for atmospheric research, including the assessment and monitoring of developing tropical storms to forecast storm tracks and potential landfall points for advanced notifications and warnings. UltiSat is a provider of end-to-end managed satellite communications (SATCOM) networks. "UltiSat is proud to support this scientific application of our SATCOM services,” Steve Roth, UltiSat program director, said.

May 28, 2017
 
Arcturus UAV, which produces the JUMP 20, has been awarded a $420 million mid-endurance unmanned aircraft system contract.

Arcturus UAV, Rohnert Park, California, is being awarded one of three indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts for a maximum of $475,000,000 for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS III) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services at multiple locations worldwide. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $150,000 are being obligated at time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition and eight responsive proposals were received. The contract includes a 54-month period of performance, with four 12-month ordering periods followed by one six-month ordering period. Estimated completion date is June 2022.

June 28, 2017
 

AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, is being awarded a maximum $30,000,000 modification for a non-competitive, single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems (MEUAS 2.0-B) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance services at multiple locations worldwide. This contract is being extended for a period of up to 12 months for a maximum not-to-exceed value of the contract to $105,000,000.

June 9, 2017
 
AAI Corporation and Insitu will support U.S. Special Operations Command intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions with mid-endurance unmanned aircraft.

AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, is being awarded a multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a $475,000,000  (H92222-17-D-0019), along with Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, (H92222-17-D-0011), maximum combined order ceiling for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance services at multiple locations worldwide. This multiple award contract supports competition at the task order level.

June 7, 2017
 

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp.,* Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded $12,527,206 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N6833517F0118) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-14-G-0040) to provide engineering analyses, advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor evaluation, and enhanced surveillance capabilities to the deployed warfighter that can be integrated into existing naval platforms to support the Special Operations Command’s Special Surveillance Program activities. These efforts are in support of Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III work that derives from, extends, or completes an effort performed under SBIR Topics N08-023 Precision H

May 18, 2017
 

General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $399,979,895 firm-fixed-price contract for MQ-9 Reaper production. Contractor will produce 36 MQ-9 Reaper aircraft in the fiscal 2016 production configuration. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $399,979,895 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-15-G-4040 0001).

 

May 18, 2017
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is being awarded $303,936,000 for modification P00017 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-15-C-0002) for the procurement of three low-rate initial production Lot 2 MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft. In addition, this modification provides for one main operation control station, one forward operation control station, trade studies, and tooling. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (42.9 percent); Red Oak, Texas (11.3 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (11.3 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (8.7 percent); Bridgeport, West Virginia (6.3 percent); Indianapolis, Indiana (3.7 percent); Palmdale, Cal

January 9, 2017
 

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $56,656,833 undefinitized contract action order (0034) to an existing basic ordering agreement (FA8620-15-G-4040) for the Spain MQ-9 Exportable Block 5 Procurement program. Contractor will provide MQ-9 aircraft and its associated equipment. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be complete by January 31, 2019. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to Spain. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

December 16, 2016
 

General Atomics Aeronautical, Poway, California, was awarded an $80 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for continuation of contractor logistics services for the unmanned aircraft system Greay Eagle block zero. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with one received. Work will be performed in Poway (52 percent) and Afghanistan (48 percent), with an estimated completion date of December 15, 2017. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $8,673,000 and fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $4,627,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-17-C-0035).

 

December 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Roboteam has created a lightweight robot for troops and first responders. The Individual Robotic Intelligence System is a rugged, nearly 4-pound platform that can be thrown into any space to provide real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information.

Today’s ruggedized robots will go where man has gone before—and where man should no longer have to go. While U.S. defense officials are not ready to fully relinquish warfighting duties to robots, they are on the fast track to acquiring technologies and platforms anticipated to shake up military operations.

October 31, 2016
 
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract modification to produce one Fire Scout unmanned air system.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is being issued a $10,362,211 modification (P00001) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-16-C-0055) for production of one MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned air system. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (33 percent); Ozark, Alabama (27 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (18 percent); Moss Point, Mississippi (16 percent); and various locations within the U.S.

October 31, 2016
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Sierra Vista, Arizona, was awarded a $190,254,770 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for continuation of contractor logistic support for the Hunter unmanned aircraft systems. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Sierra Vista, Arizona (48 percent); and Afghanistan (52 percent), with an estimated completion date of October 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $44,239,250 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-17-C-0019).

September 19, 2016
 
General Atomics has been awarded a contract modification for four Gray Eagle war replacement aircraft and four satellite air data terminals.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $25,287,320 modification (P00075) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0109 for acquisition of four Gray Eagle War replacement aircraft and four satellite air data terminals under the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems full rate production contract. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of December 30, 2017. Fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $25,287,320 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

April 18, 2016
 
DISA has awarded UltiSat Inc. a task order valued at more than $9 million to provide Ku bandwidth capacity to support Global Hawk flight tests.

UltiSat Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland, has announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization recently awarded a COMSATCOM Transponded Capacity task order to UltiSat to provide Ku bandwidth capacity to the United States Global Vigilance Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base near Palmdale, California. Services will support Global Hawk Unmanned Air Vehicle to flight tests. UltiSat will support GH Ku-band earth terminals associated with the Global Hawk Mission Control Element which may be located at any of several locations in California. This task order falls under the Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition Schedule 70 contract vehicle.

September 23, 2015
 
General Atomics was awarded a $47,499,986 contract modification for an improved Gray Eagle engineering change proposal applicable to 19 aircraft, four lots of ground support equipment and one lot of unique initial spares.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $47,499,986 modification (P00033) to undefinitized contract W58RGZ-13-C-0109 for an improved Gray Eagle engineering change proposal applicable to 19 aircraft, four lots of ground support equipment and one lot of unique initial spares. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2018.  Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $23,274,993 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

July 27, 2015
 
Insitu Inc. is being awarded a $78,000,001 contract modification (N00019-15-C-0033) for six low-rate initial production Lot IV RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems.

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is being awarded a $78,000,001 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-15-C-0033) for the procurement of six low-rate initial production Lot IV RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems. This award provides for the procurement of the air vehicles, ground control stations, launch and recovery equipment, spares and system engineering and program management. Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington (70 percent); and Hood River, Oregon (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2016.

June 26, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
A French unmanned aerial vehicle hovers in front of a crowd during a demonstration at the Brunei Darussalam International Defense Exhibition in Bandar Seri Begawan in 2013. The exercise focuses on multilateral relationships and enhances preparedness for disasters and other operations.

Drones are leaving the battlefield in droves, increasingly taking on non-lethal civilian and humanitarian missions as aid groups and private companies capitalize on technology that not only is more common, but more affordable and manageable.

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