Leidos Inc. was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract, worth around $72.6 million, for services in support of the U.S. Army’s existing Night Eagle airborne C-IED surveillance system.
Fiscal 2020, 2021 and 2022 operations and maintenance, Army funds for the contract amount were obligated at the time of the award, according to a Pentagon announcement. The U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-20-C-0021).
The contract work will be performed in Reston, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of April 25, 2022.
U.S. Army Night Eagle (NE) System
The Night Eagle (NE) system is a Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) system that provides aerial Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) support to the U.S. Army for use in Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) missions.
The system is contractor-owned/contractor-operated and was developed by the Air Systems Division of Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) of the Army’s Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC).
The integrated NE system consists of two highly modified Beechcraft A200 Super King Air aircraft and associated sensor and communication systems, two ground stations, one Continental United States (CONUS) based processing center, a CONUS system integration laboratory, a CONUS training facility and up to 30 continuously deployed personnel with SECRET or higher security clearances. Additional system infrastructure consists of an aircraft maintenance shelter, shipping containers and aircraft Ground Support Equipment (GSE).
The NE aircraft systems are militarized versions (CNS-ATM-ASE) of the Beechcraft A200 Super King Air aircraft. The aircraft are equipped with specially modified mission reconnaissance and surveillance equipment stations with associated airframe modifications to support equipping mission functions. The A200 aircraft are equipped with a wide, Satellite Communications (SATCOM) system capability to perform beyond line of sight (BLOS) operations. The NE aircraft systems utilize airborne surveillance and near real-time imagery exploitation from a combination of sensors.
This system requires contractor personnel to perform the duties of pilot, ISR sensor operators, and ISR analysts. The aircraft are flown by two pilots and the onboard mission equipment requires operation by a crew consisting of various mixes of operators, analysts, and mission commanders depending on the aircraft configuration.