General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to design and develop an Off-Board Sensing Station (OBSS) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).
The $17.8 million award involves design, development, and flight demonstration.
AFRL is developing an open architecture concept Autonomous Collaborative Platform (ACP) to achieve rapid time-to-market and low acquisition cost, while extending and enhancing the sensing volume of manned platforms.
“We’re excited to continue working on this project with AFRL,” said Chris Seat, senior vice president of Special Programs for GA-ASI. “Our experience in developing and delivering the most cost-effective and forward-looking UAS solutions puts GA-ASI in a great position to deliver the right ACP to meet our customer’s requirements.”
The award covers the next 12 months as the base effort, and if the option is exercised, GA-ASI will spend the following 15 months manufacturing and flight demonstrating the aircraft with the award potentially growing to a total of $49 million.