The U.S. Army has awarded SRC Inc. of Cicero a $22 million contract for technology that counters small, low-flying drones on the battlefield.
The contract extends by six months a previous Army agreement with SRC for its counter-drone technology worth $108 million.
SRC’s mobile systems use radar, cameras, jamming technology and other sensors to help the Army detect, track, identify and defeat hostile drones.
The Pentagon considers small, slow and low-flying drones an emerging threat to U.S. forces around the world because they are difficult to detect and can evade radar.
An Army assessment found that more than 600 types of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, were in use in more than 80 countries. The Islamic State also used small, low-flying drones in battles with U.S.-allied forces in Iraq and Syria.
SRC, a not-for-profit research and development company, has sold its counter-drone systems to the Army and Air Force since 2017.
The Cicero-based company announced plans in 2017 to double its workforce over five years by hiring about 1,000 new employees for its offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.
An SRC spokeswoman said the company now employs about 1,100 people in Central New York and 1,600 worldwide.
SRC reached an agreement last year to buy a fifth office building at Beacon North Office Park in Cicero to house its growing workforce.
UAV DACH: Beitrag im Original auf https://www.uasvision.com/2020/02/05/us-army-extends-c-uas-deal-with-src/, mit freundlicher Genehmigung von UAS Vision automatisch importiert. Der Beitrag gibt nicht unbedingt die Meinung oder Position des UAV DACH e.V. wieder. Das Original ist in englischer Sprache.