Acorn Growth Companies’ member Berry Aviation has received an award to support the US Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC).

Under the terms of the contract, the company is required to provide Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (A-ISR) system services.

The ISR services will be offered in support of MARSOC’s air-to-ground integration training.

The company will provide a specially modified Cessna 206 platform, aircrew who have combat experience, and a remote portable ground control station (GCS).

Berry Aviation Special Operations Support director and MARSOC combat veteran Stan Green said: “The aircraft is mod-payload compliant, and purpose built to serve both as a crewed platform as well as a surrogate UAS that operates within the National Airspace confines.”

According to the company, Special Operations teams will use the A-ISR system to obtain and crucial key skills in a ‘realistic, scenario-based training’ before being deployed across the globe.

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Berry Aviation noted that the contract is the first for its ISR division.

Acorn Growth Companies managing director Gary Ambrose said: “Berry Aviation has successfully leveraged a specialised and global air mobility operation and added ISR training and support to their offering.

“They have an impeccable reputation for safety and mission results for their customers. Their combat-experienced operators and cadre are the best of breed and will be a value add for MARSOC and others in need of ISR services.”

Last year, the company received a contract from the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Science and Technology Directorate for a new Group 1 Uncrewed Autonomous System (UAS).