Insitu will provide aircraft and services to support the USN and FMS operators of the RQ-21A Blackjack and ScanEagle.
Northrop Grumman carries on with BAMS-D support
Northrop Grumman is to continue operator, maintenance, logistics and sustainment engineering support for RQ-4A Global Hawk Broad Area Maritime Surveillance - Demonstrator (BAMS-D) aircraft operated by the USN.
This is despite a DoD proposal to withdraw BAMS-D in 2022.
Under a $53.77 million contract modification from Naval Air Systems Command, Northrop Grumman will provide training, supply chain and spares management until April 2022 for the BAMS-D to undertake ISR missions for the USN.
The USN FY2022 budget request, unveiled in late May, confirmed the RQ-4A BAMS-D aircraft would be withdrawn sooner than originally planned.
'The divestment strategy from the FY2021 budget originally scheduled BAMS-D to divest in FY2023. The current budget request accelerates this divestment by a year,' the DoD explained in a budget justification document.
The USN intends to remove resources from non-programme of record efforts and accelerate cost savings by moving divestment from FY2023 to FY2022.
'This decision allows for investment in higher priority capability and capacity. Replacement capabilities include P-8A Poseidon, MQ-4, and EP-3E operations extended by one year,' the DoD added.
BlueBird Aero Systems, partially owned by IAI, completes delivery of 100 VTOL UAVs to an undisclosed European customer.
Boeing and the US Navy have demonstrated the first successful test of unmanned air-to-air refuelling.
General Dynamics Mission Systems has been awarded a $72.8million contract by the US Navy to retrofit Knifefish mine countermeasure UUVs.
Milanion Group seeks to generate interest in Ukraine for its Agema UGV.
Textron Systems has delivered another Ripsaw M5 vehicle to the US Army to support their RCV Medium Program.