Leonardo DRS has received a contract from the U.S. Army to develop a counter-drone capability to protect soldiers from enemy unmanned aerial systems (UAS), the company announced in a statement today.
The contract is under an urgent operational need and worth up to $16 million.
Leonardo DRS will act as the lead systems integrator and work with Moog Inc. and additional industry partners, the statement read.
The counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability will include Moog’s Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP) turret, Leonardo DRS’ mast-mounted Surveillance and Battlefield Reconnaissance Equipment – known as SABRE, and other government-provided technologies.
The technologies will be fully integrated on two MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles for a mobile C-UAS capability designed to detect, identify, track and defeat unmanned aerial threats.
“We are proud to support the Army’s urgent requirement to protect soldiers from the growing threats by small unmanned aircraft,” said Aaron Hankins, Vice President and General Manager, DRS Land Systems. “This effort is a great example of industry collaborating with the Army to quickly provide soldiers with a crucial capability, and we are grateful for the opportunity to lead the effort,” Hankins said.
The contract was delivered as part of the Army’s Mobile Low, Slow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Integrated Defense System, Increment 1 effort and supports near term testing to inform requirements and government decisions for the deployment of numerous production systems in early summer 2018.
The work will be performed by DRS Land Systems at St. Louis, Missouri.