Wyle to provide technical support for US Navy’s UAS programmes

13 March 2013 (Last Updated March 13th, 2013 03:50)

Wyle has received a contract from the US Navy to support unmanned air systems (UAS) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance project and programmes for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

group of unmanned aerial vehicles

Wyle has received a contract from the US Navy to support unmanned air systems (UAS) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance project and programmes for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

Under the three-year $24m contract, Wyle personnel will carry out reliability enhancement, testing, technology insertion and lifecycle analysis to help reduce costs during implementation of new solutions and procedures.

The company will support the development and refinement of processes and equipment designed to enhance reliability, maintainability, sustainability, quality and interoperability while reducing costs.

Research and assessment of concept solutions, as well as reliability information analysis, and development of maintenance and procedure upgrades will also be provided, as a part of the contract.

Wyle programme manager Rocky Rauch said the latest deal follows the successful execution of unmanned aerial system projects over the past two years for the Naval Air Systems Command under a similar contract.

"Wyle personnel will carry out reliability enhancement, testing, technology insertion and lifecycle analysis to help reduce costs during implementation of new solutions and procedures."

In addition to providing acquisition planning and system interoperability assessments, the company will provide integrated reliability test planning and management, affordability and lifecycle cost analysis, logistics and management tasks associated with the data collection, as well as testing of electrical, mechanical and avionics systems.

The task order forms part of the Defense Technical Information Center's Reliability Information Analysis Center contract, which is an indefinite-delivery indefinite quantity vehicle aimed to help the research, development, test and evaluation community with products.

Work under the contract has already started and is currently being carried out at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, US.


Image: A group of unmanned aerial vehicles during an air demonstration held at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, US. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photographer's mate 2nd class Daniel J McLain.

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