Leidos Awarded $35 Million Contract in Support of U.S. Army Saturn Arch Program

Leidos Inc. has been awarded a $35 million contract for system operations and sustainment services and test and training services in support of the U.S. Army’s Saturn Arch Aerial Intelligence Systems Quick Reaction Capability Program.

Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Redstone Arsenal (RSA), Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-20-C-0024). Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Army Reserve) funds for the contract amount were obligated at the time of the award.

The contract work will be performed in Reston, Virginia; Bridgewater, Virginia; and Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March 16, 2024.

Saturn Arch

The U.S. Army’s Saturn Arch Program began in 2010, with an effort to implement intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to a special aircraft fitted with state of the art sensor technology to identify and assist in removing improvised-explosive devices (IEDs) from the battlefield in Afghanistan.

Saturn Arch
Saturn Arch aircraft. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

The Saturn Arch system is based on the Bombardier Dash-8 twin-turboprop aircraft. The aerial IED-neutralizing platform was initially operate by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) but was later transferred to the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM).



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