GA Nabs $134 Million MDA Contract For New MQ-9 Sensor

The Missile Defense Agency on Monday awarded General Atomics (GA) Electromagnetic Systems a $134 million contract to finish the development, integration, and flight test of an advanced sensor on MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The sensor and MQ-9 will be used in “realistic test scenarios” both inside and outside the continental U.S., the Defense Department said.

An armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down a runway. Photo: U.S. Air Force

An armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down a runway.
Photo: U.S. Air Force

Last September MDA awarded GA a $30 million single year contract to continue demonstrating passive MDA-configured MQ-9s (Defense Daily, Sept. 15, 2017).

The agency has previously used two MQ-9s to detect and track a ballistic missile target during a test in the Pacific in June 2016 (Defense Daily, Aug. 18, 2016).

This new work will occur in San Diego and has a period of performance from August 2018 to October 2021.

Initially, $7.1 million is being obligated at award time in FY ’18 research, development, test and engineering funds.

The department said the contract was competitively procured through an MDA broad agency announcements (BAA) for advanced technology innovation but did not disclose if there were any other offerors.

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