To make this website work, we log user data. By using Shephard's online services, you agree to our Privacy Policy, including cookie policy.

Open menu

General Atomics climbs aboard OBSS

29th October 2021 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


General Atomics already manufactures the MQ-20 Avenger UAV, pictured here at El Mirage Airfield in California in June 2021. (Photo: USAF/Staff Sgt Tabatha Arellano)

GA-ASI joins Kratos in R&D effort for the Off-Board Sensing Station programme.

The USAF has selected another industry partner to join the R&D phase for the Off-Board Sensing Station (OBSS) programme, after General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) received a $17.79 million baseline contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on 26 October.

The value and completion date of the contract are identical to the OBSS R&D award announced on 25 October for Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Both GA-ASI and Kratos will design and develop a manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T). The USAF will then select one or potentially both companies to advance to a follow-on flight demonstration phase.

If this development programme results in a procurement contract, Shephard Defence Insight forecasts the USAF could award a $267 million contract in 2024 for 82 units delivered between 2025 and 2031.

Share to