$25M SBIR Contract for Air-Droppable SeaScout UAV-USV

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Sea Scout USV-UAV(click to view full) Small business qualifier Oregon Iron Works, Inc. in Clackamas, OR won a $25 million not-to-exceed, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity Phase III Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program contract for Topic N04-044: “Airdroppable High Speed, Low Signature Craft.” DID has covered the SBIR process before, and explained that Stage III is one step below full commercialization and procurement. The SBIR Q&A associated with this subject is very interesting. SeaScout is a mixed UAV-USV (unmanned surface vessel) flying boat design, though a Q&A excerpt for the program reads: “An unmanned air vehicle is not the target for this SBIR N04-044. The solicitation is aimed at an unmanned (at least for part of the mission profile) maritime surface vehicle that is air delivered. It is investigating the extremely long endurance times of a surface vehicle, and the relative affordability, combined with the high speed of air delivery. However, a hybrid unmanned air vehicle and water surface vehicle could be considered on its relative merits in this solicitation. A point for its relative value is its ability to take off from the ocean for the mission(s) envisioned if used in both modes (surface and air) and/or its ability to perform […]

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