The fourth and final phase of the Gremlins unmanned aerial system program will include collaborative autonomy software that allows one person to control multiple unmanned air vehicles. The technology extends the capability of unmanned aircraft systems to conduct long-distance engagements of mobile ground and maritime targets in areas with poor communications or limited navigational signals.
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Science fiction fans recognize Asimov’s prescient thoughts on robot programming, captured in his three laws of robotics. In Asimov’s sci-fi world, robots were all programmed to protect their humans (the first law), to obey their humans (the second law) and to protect themselves (the third law). These laws laid the foundation for many fantastic, futuristic stories and have long provided actionable concepts for today’s robots, including those we launch over our modern battlefields. As the stories advanced, he later added another law, called the “zeroth” law, which had priority over all the others, “A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.”
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $27,607,349 undefinitized contract action delivery order (0113) for an existing basic ordering agreement (FA8620-10-G-3038) for France's MQ-9 Unmanned Air System Contractor Logistics Support Phase I program. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
Longbow Limited Liability Corporation, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $64,332,047 firm-fixed-price contract for the modification of an existing contract to definitize radar electronic unit and unmanned aerial vehicle tactical common data link low rate initial production for Taiwan. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Communications and Power Industries, Palo Alto, California, is being awarded a $35,860,730 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for traveling wave tubes and associated data supporting the MK-99 Fire Control System. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy; the Missile Defense Agency; and under the Foreign Military Sales Program, the governments of Spain, Australia, and South Korea. This contract was not competitively procured. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Aerospace Systems Unmanned Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $42 million contract modification to convert eight Army Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Navy configuration. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Company, McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a more than $22 million contract for logistical support of the Multispectral Targeting Systems for the Predator/Reaper program. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Integrated Systems Sector, of San Diego, California, is being awarded a $247 million contract to provide logistics support activities required to support Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle fielded systems and subsystems used in peacetime operations, which includes fielded air vehicles, engines, payloads, ground segments, and support segments. The contractor shall provide materials and support services to include planning, operations support and maintenance in support of Global Hawk fielded systems used in peacetime continental United States and overseas deployments. The contracting activity is Warner Robins-Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was recently awarded a $12 million contract for the procurement of 43 launchers for the Shadow unmanned aircraft system. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $14 million contract modification for additional persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle services in support of U.S. Marine Corps combat missions. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland, recently received a contract valued at more than $70 million for 142 laser designator payloads and 61 bore sight tools in support of the Shadow unmanned aircraft system. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.