Monday, November 15, 2010

UPDATE: An Enhanced Predator for the Army

This is an update to a previous post about the Extended Range/ Multi Purpose Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System (ER/MP UAS) , which can be found here.

Oct 27/10: Lockheed Martin’s tree-penetrating Tactical Reconnaissance and Counter-Concealment-Enabled Radar (TRACER) flies for the 1st time aboard NASA’s Ikhana MQ-9, because the Army Gray Eagle MQ-1C fleet that will eventually host the external unpressurized TRACER pods are all busy on operations.
TRACER is a dual-band synthetic-aperture radar (SAR), designed to detect vehicles, buildings and other man-made objects that are buried, camouflaged or concealed under trees and other foliage. The flight tests on Ikhana focused on the radar’s performance in the harsh environment of the unpressurized pod, as the TRACER system will eventually be installed on a variety of manned and unmanned aircraft. Lockheed Martin.

Oct 4/10: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in Poway, CA received a Sept 28/10 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for $5.8 million, covering ER/MP sub-engineering services for engineering and integration support, integrated logistics support, and program management.

Work will be performed in Poway, CA, with an estimated completion date of Sept 30/11. One bid was solicited with one bid received (W58RGZ-09-C-0136, P00018).

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