[Avionics Today 11-24-2015] The U.S. Army has awarded a prime contract to Leidos to design, produce, integrate and test the Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E) program of record. The single-award Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract has a five-year period of performance and a total ceiling value of $661.8 million.
Leidos headquarter. Photo: Leidos.
According to Leidos, the ARL-E is "a manned multi-INT airborne platform that provides a persistent capability to detect, locate, classify/identify and track surface targets in day/night, near-all-weather conditions, with a high degree of timeliness and accuracy."
Under the newly awarded contract, the first task order will provide the System of Systems (SoS) integration of an extensible Mission Equipment Payload (MEP), including the modification of Bombardier DHC-8 aircraft.
Through the duration of the IDIQ task order contract, Leidos, with its partner Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and teammates Argon ST (a Boeing Company), L-3 ComCept, and Dynamic Aviation, will provide low-cost, high-maturity solutions using a flexible, open architecture that enables integration of future capabilities, promotes growth, and maximizes the Army's investments.