$14.5M to Support IGNAT-ER UAVs
General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc. in San Diego, CA recently a received $14.5 million modification to a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, covering contractor logistics support for I-GNAT unmanned aerial vehicle operations. The I-GNAT is a long-endurance UAV that can operate for 40 hours at a time, and is used in a number of front-line theaters. Army Technology notes that “The US Army’s IGNAT-ER Extended Range unmanned air vehicle has been deployed in Iraq since spring 2004 and has recently increased the operational tempo from 12 hours to 20 hours per day, every day, on reconnaissance and surveillance missions. The system has successfully achieved a sustained full mission capability rate of 95%.”
Work will be performed in San Diego, CA (75%), Adelanto, CA (5%), Palmdale, CA (5%), and Salt Lake City, UT (15%), and is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2007. This was a sole source contract initiated on Sept. 6, 2006 by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL (DAAH01-03-C-0124).