|MQ-9 reaper UAV. Photo: Wikimedia|
[Avionics Today 01-26-2016] The U.S. Air Force has awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems a $34 million order to develop and field the Air Force Special Operations Command MQ-9 Medium Altitude Long Endurance Tactical (MALET) Lead-Off Hitter (LOH) software line. General Atomics will establish, define, and grow a process to rapidly field capabilities. The U.S. Air force is obligating fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $11 million at the time of award.
Under the terms of the contract General Atomics will also address activities driving software changes such as software defect corrections, threats, policy or doctrine driven, safety, interoperability, and software changes resulting from hardware upgrades. The company anticipates it will complete the work by Feb. 28, 2018.