General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) of Poway, California was awarded a maximum $78,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract line items with potential maximum estimated values of $93,000,000.

The contract is for the integration and testing support for the Medium Altitude Long Endurance Tactical (MALET) MQ-9 and MQ-1C Special Operations Forces Peculiar (SOF-p) modifications; procurement of GA-ASI developed and produced aircraft modification kits; and analysis and studies to inform government decision on potential future MALET MQ-9 and MQ-1C SOF-p modifications.

Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation; procurement; or operation and maintenance funding may be used depending on the requirement.  The ordering period for this contract is valid for five years.  The majority of work will be performed in Poway and is expected to be completed by September 2023.  This contract was awarded in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation Authority 6.302-1, – only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.

U.S. Special Operations Command Headquarters, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.

The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has a previously stated requirement that requires the capability to find, fix, finish, exploit, and analyse time-sensitive high-value targets. These targets can often only be identified with patient collection of information and require rapid, decisive action during the short periods in which they present themselves. It is to these ends that the AFSOC and USASOC are equipping the MQ-9 and MQ-1C with special operations forces-unique mission kits, mission payloads, weapons, and other unspecified modifications.

Source: DoD

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