Special Ops to expand unmanned aircraft arsenal

Award of classified project expected by June 30

The Special Operations Command is moving closer to the award in late June of a contract for a new mid-endurance unmanned aircraft system, reports Paul McLeary at Aviation Week’s Ares Blog.

A presolicitation announcement in January indicated that the command was seeking an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance UAS that could provide a “near real-time feed of ISR product” through a three-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.

The final solicitation, issued April 28, is classified and requires a special login to access.

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