The Air Force on Monday awarded SRCTec a potential $90 million contract to continue providing counter small unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) capabilities under the services’ Medusa program.
The award, which includes an initial $2.1 million task order, follows previous awards the Air Force has made to the company that past few years totaling around $70 million for C-UAS systems and support. SRCTec is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the non-profit research and development company SRC, Inc.
Under the latest award, the Air Force can acquire a broad scope of capabilities from SRCTec including equipment, sustainment, spares, technical support, training, maintenance, updates and upgrades, Robert Alger, director of Business Development for Air Force Accounts at SRC, told Defense Daily Aug. 25 in an online interview.
The contract runs through Aug. 2028.
Alger said that the new contract opens a channel for the Air Force to update and upgrade the equipment they have with new technologies in artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company has been doing internal research and development in AI and ML technologies and “would like to transition those” into the Air Force program, he said.
SRC has also been developing on-the-move capabilities for its C-UAS offerings that it expects to provide to the Air Force under the latest contract, Alger said.
SRC’s military C-UAS capabilities are packaged in its Silent Archer technology to deliver a comprehensive solution with radar, electronic warfare systems, electro-optic and infrared cameras, and a three-dimensional user display to detect, track, classify, identify and mitigate drone threats. Silent Archer can also be integrated with kinetic systems to bring down drones.