UAS

May 11, 2021
 

Avion Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded an $8,820,564 modification (000338) to contract W31P4Q-18-A-0047 for logistics support for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems project manager's office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of January 31, 2022. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $8,820,564 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

March 26, 2021
 

Integration Innovation Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $150,722,193 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development of a prototype capability employing unmanned aerial systems with novel sensors to meet hypersonic flight-test needs. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama; and Victorville, California, with an estimated completion date of March 25, 2026. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation, Army funds in the amount of $5,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and jCritical Technologies Office, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. *Small Business

January 1, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
U.S. soldiers assigned to the Regimental Engineer Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, launch the RQ-7 Shadow, an American unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), in Rose Barracks, Germany, in May 2020. The service relies heavily on UAVs to provide surveillance and reconnaissance support for warfighters and, as such, needs future power capabilities for longer UAV flights.  U.S. Army photo by Maj. John Ambelang

Mounting threats from adversaries and the need to support multidomain operations require unmanned aerial vehicles that can run longer, repower quickly and fly farther. For the U.S. Army to rely on advanced unmanned aerial vehicles in the future, associated motors and fuels—and for smaller vehicles, battery recharging capabilities—must evolve. Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s (CCDC’s) Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, are examining the possibilities of hybrid propulsion systems that harness multiple fuels.

August 26, 2020
 

SRC Tec, North Syracuse, New York, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $90,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for force protection Counter-small Unmanned Aerial System (C-sUAS) with Medusa sustainment. The contract provides for the acquisition, upgrade, sustainment, installation support and design and analysis support of C-sUAS and subsystems manufactured by SRC Tec. Work will be performed at locations to be determined in each delivery order and is expected to be completed August 24, 2028. The award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 procurement funds in the amount of $2,137,000 are being obligated at the time of award.

July 21, 2020
 

DRS Sustainment Systems Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, was awarded an $189,828,895 hybrid (cost-no-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price) contract for development, production, deployment and support of the Mobile-Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aircraft System Integrated Defeat System. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-20-D-0031).

July 8, 2020
 

Simi Valley, California-based AeroVironment reported that the U.S. Army elected to exercise the first of three contract options with the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) company. The $21.05 million t option under the sole-source, small UAS flight control systems, multi-year contract has AeroVironment providing avionics and data link upgrade packages to modify radio frequencies used by the Army’s existing fleet of the company's Raven tactical UAS. The company will deliver the upgrades over a two-year period. 

February 27, 2020
 

Griffon Aerospace Inc.,* Madison, Alabama, was awarded a $49,957,259 order-dependent contract to procure MQM-170 "Outlaw" Remotely Piloted Vehicle Targets, MQM-171 "Broadsword" Unmanned Aerial Systems - Targets, depot level repair and maintenance, storage of government furnished equipment, base operations services, field operations services, qualification training execution, and inventory and transfer support for targets management office and other Department of Defense customers. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of February 23, 2022. U.S.

February 26, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Sandia National Laboratories researchers leading the MARCUS project are developing a system to capture small unmanned aircraft systems then fly them away from crowds or sensitive areas such as government buildings. Photo by Randy Montoya

An unmanned aircraft system tracks and follows Sandia National Laboratories researcher David Novick, who is leading a project to identify, track and capture enemy UAS during flight.</body></html>

February 6, 2020
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is awarded a $172,424,000 modification (P00004) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract (N00019-19-C-0008). This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of two MQ-4 Triton unmanned air systems for the Navy, one Navy main operating base, trade studies and associated technical and administrative data.

October 3, 2019
 

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is awarded a $7,497,412 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract procures product and hardware support required to provide rapid response to fielded unmanned aerial systems, unmanned air vehicles and operational personnel. Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington (90%); and China Lake, California (10 %), and is expected to be completed in September 2024. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).

September 30, 2019
 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $200,000 to CryptoMove, Inc., to support the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) security. ​CryptoMove is a start-up company in San Mateo, California, and is developing capabilities to protect CBP sUAS platforms from malicious actors. It uses a dynamic defense system and data fragmentation approach for the sUAS platforms, which is embedded in all levels of the technology architecture. The technology offers automated system resilience for connected devices, DHS reported.

September 3, 2019
 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded Planck Aerosystems, Inc. of San Diego, California, $200,000 to begin testing its autonomous small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) in operational settings, the agency said in a statement. The contract to Planck is part of S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) in which S&T partners with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to accelerate innovative technologies.

July 23, 2019
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is awarded $33,755,229 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N00019-19-F-0272 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026) in support of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. This order procures material kits and retrofit labor to incorporate the Integrated Functional Capability 4.0 configuration into retrofit aircraft and ground segments.

July 15, 2019
 

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $275,000,000 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for aircraft, satellite communications air data terminals, universal ground data terminals, program management, and equipment maintenance and repair. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2021. Fiscal year 2017, 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $275,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-19-C-0022).

June 28, 2019
 

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is awarded a $390,390,785 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for up to 63 RQ-21A attrition air vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy. In addition, this contract provides for up to six RQ-21A unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and up to 17 RQ-21A air vehicles for foreign military sales (FMS) customers, including the governments of Canada, Poland and Oman. The contractor will also provide up to 93 ScanEagle UASs in various configurations.

May 29, 2019
 

Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems Inc., Sacramento, California, is awarded a $25,413,946 firm-fixed-price contract to procure 34 low-rate initial production Lot 3 BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Targets and technical data. Work will be performed in Sacramento, California, and is expected to be completed March 2021. Fiscal year 2019 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $25,413,946 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-1024).

May 14, 2019
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Sierra Vista, Arizona, was awarded a $163,588,331 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Hunter unmanned aircraft system fleet support for operations, maintenance, engineering, re-engineering and remanufacturing. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Sierra Vista, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 9, 2020. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $41,883,787 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-19-C-0033).

April 19, 2019
 

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $99,020,937 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for performance based logistics support services for the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System. One bid was solicited via the internet with one bid received. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of April 23, 2024. Fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $99,020,937 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-19-C-0027).

April 4, 2019
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is being awarded a $7,241,880 advance acquisition contract modification (P00002) to a previously awarded cost-reimbursable contract (N00019-18-C-1028). This modification extends the period of performance and provides additional funding to procure long lead components, material, parts and associated efforts required to maintain the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System planned low rate initial production, lot 4 production schedule.

March 19, 2019
 

BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, is awarded a $93,962,658 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to design, procure, integrate, test, train, deliver, and support command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems, information and computer systems, and sensor systems for various platforms, including ships, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), shore installations and ground based systems.  Services are in support of Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships, the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, PEO C4I, and other federal agencies. Work will be performed in St.

March 11, 2019
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is awarded an $89,534,733 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide sustainment and engineering services in support of the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System. Additionally, this contract procures the technical expertise of field service representatives, logisticians and test support to ensure MQ-4C air vehicles and mission control and operator training systems are fully sustained and mission capable. Work will be performed at Patuxent River, Maryland (45 percent); Jacksonville, Florida (25 percent); Andersen Air Force Base, Guam (20 percent); and Point Mugu, California (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2020.

February 22, 2019
 

Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, was awarded a $7,200,000 cost contract for test and validation of emerging propulsion technologies for unmanned aircraft systems. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Mississippi State, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of February 20, 2021. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $7,200,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W909MY-19-C-C002).

February 11, 2019
 

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia, was awarded a $9,775,501 cost-plus fixed-fee contract for Low Cost UAS Swarm Technology Distributed Autonomy prototyping, analysis, and support. The contract contains options, which if exercised, will bring the total cumulative value of the contract to $17,441,037. Work will be performed in Atlanta, Georgia, and work is expected to be completed January 31, 2020. If options are exercised, work will continue through January 31, 2022. Fiscal year 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $9,061,486 are obligated at the time of award. No funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under N00014-18-S-

February 1, 2019
By Stephanie Chenault; Maj. Scott Kinner, USMC (Ret.); and Maj. Kurt Warner, USA (Ret.)
Artificial intelligence (AI) preparation of the battlefield requires rebooting the data discipline from source to sink.

The U.S. Defense Department lags the hype cycle for artificial intelligence, machine/deep learning and implementations like natural language processing by years. It needs to uncover the root causes contributing to this delay and create winning strategies to overcome institutional obstacles to get ahead of industrial partners and adversaries who are further along the adoption curve.

Possessing technology is neither deterministic nor decisive when waging war. The effective employment and deliberate application of technologies to enhance warfighting capabilities implies advantage over an adversary when suitably coupled with offensive and defensive tactics.

January 28, 2019
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is awarded a $19,590,756 modification (P00020) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0033). This modification provides for the procurement of software design and system integration, qualification testing, and cybersecurity activities as well as engineering services in support the MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Air System. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed in December 2019. Fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance; and aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $19,590,756 will be obligated at time of award, $12,080,557 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

September 22, 2018
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, is awarded $64,800,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F2470 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026).

August 22, 2018
 

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is awarded a $53,965,378 firm-fixed-price contract to procure four full-rate production, Lot II RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems and eight attrition air vehicles; seven for the Marine Corps and one for the government of Poland.  Additionally, this contract award includes the procurement of ground control stations, launch and recovery equipment, shipboard equipment kits as well as systems engineering and program management support.  Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington (70 percent); and Hood River, Oregon (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2019. Fiscal 2018 procurement (Marine Corps); fiscal 2018 overseas contingency operations (Marine Corps); and Foreign Military Sales

August 22, 2018
 

Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems Inc., Sacramento, California, has been awarded a $108,959,357 firm-fixed-price contract, for Lot 14-16 production and contractor logistics support. Work will be performed at Sacramento, California, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal year 2018 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $27,094,365 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8678‐18‐C‐0002).

July 31, 2018
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Sierra Vista, Arizona, was awarded a $7,503,509 modification (P00020) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0019 to incorporate interoperability in support of the Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System. Work will be performed in Sierra Vista, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2019. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $7,503,509 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

July 17, 2018
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is awarded $41,229,512 for a cost-plus-fixed-fee modification against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026). The modification increases the ceiling and extends the period of performance on the delivery order to provide test, maintenance and logistics support services to sustain MQ-4C Triton unmanned air system (UAS) air vehicles, mission control and operator training systems. In addition, the delivery order provides for technical support from field service representatives to ensure that the MQ-4C UAS aircraft are mission-capable for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions supporting Triton’s early operating capability. Work will be performed i

June 11, 2018
 

Six3 Advanced Systems Inc., Dulles, Virginia, was awarded a $48,634,304 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that provides integration, installation, sustainment, and engineering services to the AIRWorks Rapid Development Capabilities Integrated Product Team in support of the deployment of new and existing counter unmanned aerial systems capabilities and hardware to high priority and sensitive government sites that protect assets vital to national security. This contract provides technical, engineering and project management support services to include modeling and simulation, hardware integration, software integration, and command and control integration. Materials and equipment to be integrated may be procured under this co

June 1, 2018
 

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded an $11,016,000 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N00164-18-C-JQ40) for the procurement of eight common sensor payloads (CSP) (one turret and one electronics unit in each system) and data.  The CSP is an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor system for the Army Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system.

April 11, 2018
 

Innovative Automation Technologies LLC,* Gainesville, Florida (W911QY-18-D-0191); Aerovironment Inc.,* Monrovia, California (W911QY-18-D-0192); Altavian Inc.,* Gainesville, Florida (W911QY-18-D-0193); GECO Inc.,* Mesa, Arizona (W911QY-18-D-0194); Strata-G Solutions Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama (W911QY-18-D-0195); Blackbar Engineering LLC,* Tucson, Arizona (W911QY-18-D-0196); and EFW Inc., Fort Worth, Texas (W911QY-18-D-0197) will compete for each order of the $248,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract for long range reconnaissance surveillance and medium range mobile unmanned aircraft systems; a tactical open government-owned architecture controller; and spare and repair parts. Bids were solicited via the Internet with nine received.

January 29, 2018
 

Northrop Grumman Technical Services Inc., Sierra Vista, Arizona, was awarded a $12,500,000 modification (P00006) to contract W58RGZ-14-D-0111 for engineering services to the Hunter unmanned aircraft systems. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of January 17, 2019. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

January 29, 2018
 

AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, has been awarded a $15,670,445 firm-fixed-price contract for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services, to include supporting force protection efforts and providing a non-developmental Contractor-Owned and Contractor-Operated UAS ISR solution to perform operational, engineering, and sustainment efforts. Work will be performed at Bagram and Kandahar Airfields, Afghanistan, and is expected to be complete by September 27, 2018. The award was a sole-source acquisition. Air Combat Command Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, is the contracting activity (FA4890-18-C-0005).

 

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.

May 23, 2017
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is being awarded a $49,400,000 advance acquisition contract for the procurement of long-lead components, material, parts and associated efforts required to maintain the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system planned production schedule. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Maryland (20.3 percent); Bridgeport, West Virginia (18.9 percent); Salt lake City, Utah (17.1 percent); Red Oak, Texas (15 percent); San Diego, California (13.1 percent); and various locations in the continental U.S.

April 24, 2017
 

XTAR LLC, Ashburn, Virginia, has announced that it has been selected once again by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to supply X-band satellite bandwidth for the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. The blanket purchase agreement has a ceiling of $9.8 million and consists of a one-year base with four one-year options. Designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Navy, the MQ-4C is intended to provide real-time intelligence and reconnaissance in a maritime environment. 

 

April 20, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division Aviation Unit will initially train with a 3-D Robotics X-8M quadcopter similar to this one prior to moving on to larger types of unmanned aerial systems. Photo by UVA Systems International

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division's (NSWC PCD) Aviation Unit is working with the Aviation Unit and Fleet Liaison Office to establish an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flight program. Created to support the command's research, development, test and evaluation mission, the program will foster innovations in payloads and mine warfare as well as expeditionary warfare systems.

In the near future, NSWC PCD will be qualifying and designating the aviation detachment pilots as the initial cadre of air vehicle operators and unmanned aircraft commanders. Soon after, they will hold an inaugural training class to qualify command civilians and non-aviation personnel for flight.

February 8, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
Aurora Flight Sciences recently tested a full-scale SideArm technology demonstration system that repeatedly captured a Lockheed Martin Fury UAS accelerated to representative flight speeds via an external catapult. Photo courtesy of DARPA.

A full-scale technology demonstration system that repeatedly captured a 400-pound Lockheed Martin Fury unmanned aerial system (UAS) accelerated to representative flight speeds via an external catapult. The test was part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) SideArm research, which focuses on creating a self-contained, portable apparatus that can horizontally launch and retrieve UASs that weigh up to 900 pounds.

January 10, 2017
 
Insitu is being awarded a $70,813,700 contract to procure six full rate production Lot I RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems, three for the Navy and three for the Marine Corps.

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is being awarded $70,813,700 for modification P00003 under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-16-C-0054) to exercise an option to procure six full rate production Lot I RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for the Navy (3) and the Marine Corps (3). The UAS consists of air vehicles, ground control stations, multi-mission (plug and play) payloads, launch and recovery equipment, and systems 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 February 2018.

January 10, 2017
 

AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum of $475,000,000 for mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance 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 July 2022.

May 23, 2016
 
The AeroVironment Tether Eye UAS is being evaluated for the counterterrorism mission.

AeroVironment Inc. has announced the U.S. Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) is evaluating the company’s new tethered unmanned aircraft system, named Tether Eye, for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and security applications. The CTTSO funded the development program.

September 18, 2015
 

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $29,527,049 modification (0105) to previously awarded contract FA8620-10-G-3038 for retrofit of medium-altitude unmanned aerial systems Block 30 ground control stations. Work will be performed in Poway, California, and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2019. Fiscal 2013 and 2015 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $9,372,348 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.

December 30, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Industry and hobbyist groups have partnered with the federal government to launch a campaign geared toward educating the soaring number of drone enthusiasts who are taking to the skies.

“Know Before You Fly” is an education campaign founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Academy of Model Aeronautics and the Small UAV Coalition, which formed a partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to educate prospective users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

October 4, 2012
George I. Seffers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., was awarded a $102,588,732 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the services in support of the Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

July 13, 2012
By George Seffers

AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a $355 million firm-fixed-price contract modification to procure Tactical Common Data Link Retrofit Kits and related equipment for the Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

June 28, 2012
By George Seffers

Elkins Constructors Incorporated, Jacksonville, Florida, is being awarded a $15,057,000 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a new training facility at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The proposed new construction will consist of a new Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aircraft system operator training facility and a new P-8A maintenance training facility.  The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Florida, is the contracting activity.

June 15, 2012
By George Seffers

Longbow Limited Liability Company, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $6,986,376 firm-fixed-price contract for the modification of an existing contract to support the low-rate initial production of the Lot 2b radar electronic unit and unmanned aerial system tactical common data link assembly. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

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.