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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems - Western Region, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $635,860,599 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the Unmanned Combat Air System CV Demonstration Program (UCAS-D).The purpose of the UCAS-D is to demonstrate critical CV suitability technologies for a low observable platform air vehicle in a relevant environment.Expected deliverables include trade studies, analyses, software, reports and flight test data.Work will be performed in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. (38 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (29 percent); Palmdale, Calif. (13 percent); East Hartford, Conn. (7 percent); Jupiter, Fla. (2 percent); Nashville, Tenn. (2 percent); Hazelwood, Mo. (1 percent), and various locations within the United States (8 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2013Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.This contract was competitively procured through a request for proposals; two firms were
solicited and two offers were received.The Naval Air Systems Command Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity (N00019-07-C-0055).
Originally posted by intelgurl
I'm thinking this will revitalize Northrop's aerospace division after the F-23 lost out to the F-22. Northrop has lost some great engineers over the last few years, I hope this brings some of them back.
The Unmanned Combat Air System – Demonstrator (UCAS—D), is a six-year project that calls for proving carrier operations with the X-47B starting in 2011. The USN currently plans to make a decision after 2013 on a potential follow-on acquisition programme for a long-range strike fleet.
"This specific contract is for technology development and demonstration and will not be an operational system," said Navy Capt. Rich Brasel, program manager for NAVAIR’s technology demonstration effort. "But through it, we will develop knowledge, skills and technologies specific to operating an autonomous low-observable unmanned air vehicle in an aircraft carrier environment."
However, concerns remain that the USN may lose interest in the programme as resources for shipbuilding and other aviation accounts becomes scarce.