Sierra Technical Services, Inc. (STS) has been awarded a follow-on contract option to build a second demonstrator of the 5th Generation Aerial Target (5GAT) aircraft.
The 5GAT is a high-performance, unmanned, fighter-size aircraft that will be used for Air-to-Air and Ground-To-Air weapons evaluation, pilot training, and ground forces training when translated into production. 5GAT incorporates two afterburning jet engines into a 95% carbon fiber airframe. The 5GAT design is intended to meet specialized needs regarding “threat representative” adversaries the US Armed Forces may encounter in an aerial combat situation.
On 24 March 2017, STS was awarded the initial prime contract to complete the Design, Development, Fabrication and Testing of the 1st 5GAT demonstrator. Both contract awards come from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Contracting Office (USACE Sacramento District) in Sacramento, CA and are managed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (OSD/DOT&E). STS has been the Prime Contractor developing the 5GAT aircraft concept since 2006, and uses two major subcontractors: Fast and Optimal Engineering (FOE) of Valencia, CA. and 5-D Systems of Round Rock, TX.
The first 5GAT demonstrator is scheduled to fly during the summer of 2019. The second 5GAT demonstrator is a 21-month to first flight program. STS will accomplish all detail design, manufacturing and subsystems integration for both 5GAT aircraft in its Tehachapi, California facilities, said a company statement.