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UNMANNED SYSTEMS UPDATE

25 Sep 06. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $22,163,441 cost-plus-fixed fee contract Modification. This effort is for the operation of the Global Hawk System in a forward theater of operation for a classified length of time, which includes personnel, equipment, logistics and communication support. At this time, total funds have been obligated. This work will be complete January 2007.303 Aeronautical Systems Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.(F33657-03-G-4306/P0038)

25 Sep 06. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $20,554,834 firm-fixed-price contract Modification. This action provides for initial spares for RQ-4A and RQ-4B Global hawk Air Vehicles. At this time, total funds have been obligated. Solicitations began February 2006 and negotiations were complete September 2006.This work will be complete February 2008.303 Aeronautical Systems Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.(F33657-03-C-4310/P00024)

22 Sep 06. General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $38,363,450 firm-fixed-price contract. This effort will definitize delivery order 0009, which included 7 MQ-1 Block 15 aircraft and the necessary non-recurring engineering to productionize the block 15 configuration. This effort will also procure 15 MQ-1 Block 15 aircraft and spares. At this time, $49,587,121 has been obligated. This work will be complete January 2010.Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.(FA8620-05-G-3028 000901)

22 Sep 06. General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $27,565,122 cost-plus-fixed fee contract Modification. This effort will procure four field compatible aircraft maintenance test station, 2 MD-1A mobile ground control station, 2 MD-1A fixed ground control station, 5 MD-1B dual control mobile ground control station, and non-recurring engineering per FY 06 Predator MQ-1 and Reaper MQ-9 requirements. At this time, $20,673,841 has been obligated. Solicitations began in June 2006 and negotiations were complete September 2006.This work will be complete September 2008.Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.(FA8620-05-G-3028 Delivery Order 0022)

22 Sep 06. General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $15,795,532 firm-fixed-price contract Modification. This effort will procure 18 ground data terminal, 1 ground support equipment, 2 remote split operation kits, 1 replenishment spares package kits, 1 initial spares packages, and 2 primary predator sitcom link Modem assembly per FY06 predator MQ-1 and reaper MQ-9 requirements. At this time, $11,846,649 has been obligated. Solicitations began in June 2006 and negotiations were complete September 2006.This work will be complete June 2010.Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.(FA8620-05-G-3028 Delivery Order 0010)

22 Sep 06. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.’s Altair® high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) passed the recertification process for the UA airworthiness certificate, experimental category, issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Access to the National Airspace System (NAS) has historically been granted to a UA manufacturer through an FAA-granted Certificate of Authorization (COA). Changes made last fall limit COA issuance to government agencies and specify that the agency must operate a particular UA for a particular purpose in a particular area. In contrast, an airworthiness certificate specifies operating instructions to the aircraft and applies them only to one aircraft, or tail number, for training UA crews in the unrestricted areas where manufacturer airports typically res

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