AAI Selected for up to $874 Million U.S. Navy Contract
AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Selected for up to $874 Million U.S. Navy ISR Services Multiple-Award Contract 4/16/2012 7:00 AM EST
Will Conduct Combat Support Operations with Latest Multi-Mission Aerosonde® System
National Harbor, Md. — April 16, 2012 — AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that it is one of three companies awarded the U.S. Navy’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Services multiple-award contract, encompassing both land- and sea-based unmanned aircraft systems operations for the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. Inclusive of all potential contracts among the three awardees, including AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, the Navy ISR Services award has a total not-to-exceed value of $874 million over five years.
The company’s winning bid was based on its multi-mission-capable Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS), which incorporates a heavy-fuel engine for reliable performance and mission endurance of up to 16 hours. It delivers persistent electro-optic/infrared ISR, plus with its large payload size, weight and power, it can accommodate another payload of choice for superior mission flexibility. Designed specifically for expeditionary land- and sea-based operations, the Aerosonde system uses an AAI-designed, one-piece Launch and Recovery Trailer for efficient takeoff and landing, as well as an Expeditionary Ground Control Station for portable command and control operations.
“In the early days of U.S. Navy unmanned aviation, AAI and Naval Air Systems Command demonstrated the tremendous potential of unmanned technology through our Pioneer program, and today, we are proud to support the Marine Corps with our battle-proven Shadow® Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System,” says Senior Vice President and General Manager Steven Reid of AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems. “Both programs are successes for our customers, and therefore points of pride for our team. Now, we are excited to provide the very best of today’s small unmanned aircraft technology with our Aerosonde system in support of the Navy ISR Services program.”
About AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems
AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems has designed, manufactured and fielded combat-proven unmanned aircraft systems for more than 25 years. AAI’s multi-mission capable unmanned aircraft and interoperable command and control technologies provide critical situational awareness and actionable intelligence for users worldwide. Its Australia-based strategic business, Aerosonde Pty Ltd, is a manufacturer of small unmanned aircraft systems. AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems is an operating unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at www.aaicorp.com.
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By: Zacks Equity Research April 17, 2012 |Comments: 0 Recommended this article (0) TXT | UTX | GE AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a unit of Textron Inc. (TXT), has received the U.S. Navy's Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (“ISR”) Services multiple-award contract with tenure of over five years. The contract with the maximum value of $874 million is awarded to three companies. Textron Inc. numbers among them.
The company’s multi-mission capable Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (“SUAS”) is the key reason for this award win. Per the contract, the company will provide the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force with both land and sea-based unmanned aircraft systems operations.
Besides having Expeditionary Ground Control Station for portable command and control operations, the Aerosonde system uses one-piece Launch and Recovery Trailer designed by AAI that helps in efficient takeoff and landing. These features make it most suitable for expeditionary land- and sea-based operations. Also, this Aircraft System has a heavy-fuel engine that provides reliable performance and has long survival capability that helps it in delivering electro-optic/infrared ISR persistently.