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GA Wins $13M to Improve MQ-9 Targeting

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Pentagon Contract Announcement

(Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued September 12, 2013)

General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a $12,844,738 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the MQ-9 stationary targeting improvements.

This contract action is for the development and delivery of an improved targeting capability with the Lynx synthetic aperture radar (SAR) on the MQ-9 platform to allow for a more streamlined approach to targeting and quicker decision making by the crew.

This effort also builds a certifiable Lynx SAR community sensor model (CSM) in order to allow for future implementation in the full MQ-9 CSM effort as well as a trade study to identify a format for encoding SAR imagery and moving target indicator data within the MQ-9 architecture that enables a common digital video format.

Work will be performed in Poway, Calif., and is expected to be complete by Jan. 13, 2016. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition and one offer was solicited and received. Fiscal 2013 research and development funds in the amount of $4,500,000 are being obligated at time of award.

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WIIK, Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (FA8620-10-G-3038 DO 0054)