The U.S Army Contracting Command-Redstone Aviation and Missile Technology Consortium (AMTC) Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Branch awarded ten Air Launched Effects (ALE) Projects totaling $29.75 million in support of the Program Executive Office, Aviation’s Unmanned Aircraft System Project Office and Army Future Command’s Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team (FVL CFT).
The ten projects are categorized into three Air Launched Effects lines of effort: air vehicle, mission systems, and payloads.
Three projects for ALE air vehicle were awarded to Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, Northridge, Calif.; Raytheon Company, Tucson, Ariz. and Area-I Inc., Marietta, Ga.
Three Projects for ALE Mission Systems were awarded to L3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah; Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, Manassas, Va.
Additionally, four projects for ALE Payloads were awarded to Leonardo Electronics US Inc., Huntsville, Ala.; Technology Service Corporation, Huntsville, Ala.; Raytheon Company, Goleta, Ga.; and Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, Northridge, Calif.
Air Launched Effects are a critical component of Army aviation’s advanced teaming capability to penetrate, disintegrate, and exploit threat A2/AD, mid-tier Integrated Air Defense Systems and long to medium-range fires in the close and deep maneuver areas. These autonomous air vehicle agreement awards will continue to support the future Multi-Domain Operations battlefield as part of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) ecosystem.
Joseph Giunta, executive director for U.S. Army Contracting Command-Redstone, praises the AMTC consortium in helping the acquisition strategy move forward.
“We have lots of flexibility inside the OTA that allows us to do many things once these technologies are proven and ready to be integrated. We’ve put a lot of tools in place to allow the CFT and PEO to take advantage of the flexibility, reduction in risk and time through this contracting strategy. We’re excited to have that in place and to support our mission partners on an accelerated schedule,” Giunta said.
Photo: An Area-I Air-Launched, Tube-Integrated, Unmanned System, or ALTIUS, is launched from a UH-60 Black Hawk at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., March 4 where the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center led a demonstration that highlighted the forward air launch of the ALTIUS. Courtesy photo provided by Yuma Proving Ground
Source: US Army