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Monday, December 13, 2010

NAVAIR Awards Cargo UAS Contracts

The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) earlier this month awarded contracts to Boeing and Lockheed Martin for $30 million and $46 million, respectively, to evaluate cargo-carrying unmanned aircraft systems for the Marine Corps.

The Cargo UAS services activity responds to an urgent needs requirement supporting the Marines participating in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Both contracts include development of two air vehicles, three remote ground stations and a Quick Reaction Assessment the Navy will conduct in the summer of 2011. The systems will be government owned and contractor operated.

Lockheed Martin and partner Kaman Aerospace will evaluate an unmanned K-MAX helicopter; Boeing is providing its A160T Hummingbird helicopter.

The Navy intends to field the Cargo UAS in the fall of 2011 for a six-month deployment. Leadership will then "assess the value of the capability and determine if an extension or recompete contract should be pursued," NAVAIR said.

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