Engility has received a contract from the US Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Department (NAWCAD) to deliver a wide range of technical services support to its Air Traffic Control (ATC) Systems Division at Patuxent River and St. Inigoes, Maryland, US.

As part of the $27.5m agreement, which includes a one-year base period and four option years, the company will help the US Navy to develop technologies for executing automated aerial refuelling with commercial and military tankers, as well as manned and unmanned air systems (UAS).

"We are proud to support this critical programme and help develop these mission-essential technologies."

Engility president and CEO Tony Smeraglinolo said: "Engility personnel have supported [the] development of GPS technologies for the navy’s automated aerial refuelling programme for more than 10 years.

"The capability to refuel an unmanned aircraft will allow the navy to extend the range and time aloft of its UAS platforms, and we are proud to support this critical programme and help develop these mission-essential technologies."

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The contract also includes technical services such as programme management, electrical and electronic engineering, software engineering, mechanical engineering and design.

Other services delivered will include system architecture, guidance quality analysis, test planning, flight test data analysis and rapid-prototyping of electro-mechanical systems for test execution.

The majority of work will be performed at Engility’s Hollywood facility in Maryland.