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UNMANNED SYSTEMS UPDATE

06 May 06. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Air Combat Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $60,621,200 firm price incentive firm target contract to provide for long lead parts/advance procurement for the following low rate initial production lot 6 items: six RQ-4B air vehicles; three mission control elements; three launch recovery elements; support segment-support equipment and initial spares. At this time, total funds have been obligated. This work will be complete March 2007. The Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-06-C-3002).

09 May 06. Irvine Sensors Corp, Costa Mesa, Calif., is being awarded a
$5,618,864 cost plus fixed fee contact for the cognitive sensor systems for robotic and unattended platforms program. The objective is to develop the front-end of a cognitive sensor system with limited size, weight, and power that transforms data of an imaging sensor suite into communicable knowledge.
At this time, $4,368,864 has been obligated. Solicitations began January 2006 and negotiations were complete May 2006. This work will be complete March
2009. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-06-C-7626).

10 May 06. AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Md., was awarded on May 4, 2006, an
$87,154,533 firm-fixed-price contract for full rate production of the SHADOW
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System and associated support equipment. Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Md., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31,
2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
This was a sole source contract initiated on Jan. 11, 2006. The Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity(W31P4Q-06-C-0292).

10 May 06. AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Md., was awarded on May 3, 2006, a $65,556,046 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for performance based contractor logistics support for the SHADOW Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System. Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Md., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2007. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on March 7, 2006. The Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-06-C-0256).

10 May 06. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced that its Army I-GNAT® ER unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has reached a record 10,000 combat flight hours on a total of 858 combat missions. The milestone was achieved by AI-005 while it performed a routine surveillance mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Flying a total of more than 700 hours a month between two deployment sites, the Army I-GNAT ER family of three combat aircraft achieved 10,000 combat flight hours four years earlier than even the company’s flagship Predator® UAS. Positioned as a cost-effective, long-endurance tactical reconnaissance system to support ground troops, the initial Army I-GNAT ER aircraft were deployed in March 2004, only six months after contract award. Fielded aircraft are also being integrated with SATCOM capability to allow for beyond line-of-sight control. The Army I-GNAT ER is fully contractor-supported, with 11 company crew members at each site.

10 May 06. U.S. Army program news, GA-ASI recently completed a successful sub-system Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for its Extended Range/Multi-Purpose (ER/MP) UAS, which is the first major review of the aircraft design. The ER/MP UAS program, which is designed to provide Army Division and Corps commanders with a long-endurance persistent ISR and tactical strike capability, is on schedule to deliver the first aircraft by April 2007. Program advances will include a common ground control station that can control multiple aircraft; a satellite communications capability

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