General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has been awarded an undefinitized contract action to provide logistics support activities for the French Air Force MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft.
The logistics support activities will include depot repair, life cycle sustainment and software maintenance services and will be in support of both Block 1 and Block 5 variants of MQ-9 aircraft operated by France.
This UCA contract, with a not-to-exceed value of $43.65 million, is executed through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program and was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Work will be performed in Poway, California, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2020.
General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (also called Predator B) is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations, developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) primarily for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). The MQ-9 is the first hunter-killer UAV designed for long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance.
The MQ-9 and other UAVs are referred to as Remotely Piloted Vehicles/Aircraft (RPV/RPA) by the USAF to indicate their human ground controllers.
The MQ-9 are capable of being armed with a variety of weapons including the GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb (LGB), the AGM-114 Hellfire II air-to-ground missiles (AGM), the AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missile (AAM), and the GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM).