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AUVSI - SOUTHCOM prepares for UAS solicitation

6th February 2009 - 09:30 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Washington, DC

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US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is preparing for the imminent release of a statement of work covering contractor owned and operated UAS support to counter-illicit smuggling operations.

Designated as 'Project CAZADOR,' the stated project goal is to 'Conduct OPEVAL of a maritime "off the shelf" Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Air System (UAS) providing Detection and Monitoring (D&M) in support of Counter Illicit Trafficking (CIT) operations in the SOUTHCOM Area of Focus (AOF).'

"Project CAZADOR is what I would consider to be the first maritime real world evaluation of a UAV supporting counter-illicit trafficking operations," observed Commander Kevin "Q" Quarderer,

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