US Naval Air Systems Command is to award a contract to Northrop Grumman Systems to support the US Navy Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration.

The $24.94m contract is a modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for autonomous aerial refuelling technology maturation and demonstration activities.

The company will provide services including air systems, air vehicle segment, mission management segment requirements definition, integration planning and verification planning as well as definition of certification requirements and approach.

Work will be carried out at the company’s facility in San Diego, California, US, and is expected to be completed in December 2012.