Sat, Oct 11, 2008
Valued At $15 Million Over Five Years
NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center recently awarded a
multi-year contract to L-3 Communications Corporation's
Communications Systems West of Salt Lake City for engineering,
technical and product support services in support of the center's
pending operation of two Global Hawk aircraft.
The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, contract is for a
five-year period with a value not to exceed $15 million. The
agreement covers the period from September 5, 2008 through
September 4, 2013.
The contract supports Dryden's planned operation of the two
aircraft, their associated ground control station and related
systems. L-3 Communications will be responsible for providing
specialized analysis, engineering, functional tests, hardware or
software development or testing that requires specific L-3
Communications proprietary data. The contractor' efforts will
include re-manufacturing components or equipment and specific
operational support related to pre-flight preparation, mission,
flight and post-flight support.
L-3's Communications Systems West will also be responsible for
supporting deployments of the aircraft to other NASA or customer
facilities, domestic or foreign operational deployment
Dryden will use the autonomously operated unmanned aircraft for
missions supporting NASA's Science Mission Directorate and the
Earth science community that need high-altitude, long-endurance,
long-distance airborne capability. The first science mission using
the Global Hawk is tentative scheduled for the spring of 2009.
The two pre-production Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration
aircraft were recently transferred to Dryden from the U.S. Air
Force, which had no further requirement for the craft.
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