ManTech has received a task order to support Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)’s programme to research and innovate an advanced unmanned aircraft.

With a potential value of $82m, the five-year task order will involve providing analysis, research and development support for the US Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division.

ManTech secured the order under the US Department of Defense Information Analysis Center (DoD IAC) Multiple Award Contract (MAC) Pool I.

The firm was awarded a position on the IAC MAC multiple-award contract in September by the US Air Force Installation Contracting Agency office.

ManTech Mission Solutions and Services (MSS) Group president Matt Tait said: “Through this successful re-compete, ManTech is bringing digital to the mission to innovate next-generation intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, electronic warfare, mission systems, and survivability systems for NAVAIR.

“These systems will deliver near real-time intelligence that ensures situational awareness and combat readiness for US forces on the sea, the ground and in the air.”

The company will enable NAVAIR PMA 262 to collect, analyse, process and disseminate scientific and technical data to advance the capabilities of the US Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle.

The task order may include similar work for the navy’s MQ-25 Stingray and MQ-8 Fire Scout, and US Air Force’s (USAF) unmanned aircraft.

ManTech will perform the task at its facility in Crane, Indiana. The firm will help the USAF and other DoD customers to identify hidden correlations and improve understanding of data analysis results.

The IAC MAC contract is valued at up to $28bn over nine years.