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USCG releases RFI for long-range UAS

5th September 2017 - 12:09 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Coast Guard (USCG) Research and Development Center has released a request for information (RFI) to learn more about land-based long-range and ultra-long endurance UAS (LR/U-LE UAS) and related equipment available from government, industry and academia.

The RFI is part of the market work to examine the feasibility, costs and benefits of using land-based LR/U-LE UAS to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions across contraband transit zones such as the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and eastern Pacific Ocean.

The land-based UAS will need to be capable of operating beyond the line-of-sight of the ground control station and carrying sensor payloads for surveillance and other law enforcement actions.

Scott Craig, systems domain lead for the Office of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, said: ‘This is an outstanding opportunity for the USCG to learn the current state of the market for a LR/U-LE UAS that will help inform potential future requirements and acquisition decisions.’

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