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AAI Wins US Army TUAV Competition (Dec. 28)



The United States Army announced today that AAI Corporations is the winner of the recently completed Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) competition.

The source selection was based on a full and open competition with the goal to select the best value system for the Army. The Army and AAI Corporation, based in Hunt Valley, Md., signed a $4.8million contract for the production of four Low Rate Initial Production TUAV systems. The initial four systems will be used for developmental testing, operational training, and as test articles for an Initial Operational Test and Evaluation scheduled for the third quarter of FY 2001.

AAI Corporation has significant experience in producing and operating unmanned aerial vehicles. In addition to producing the Shadow 200 UAV, the company is also a partner, with Pioneer Inc., in producing the Pioneer UAV currently in use by the Navy and Marine Corps.

The TUAV will provide Army tactical maneuver commanders with an organic capability to conduct reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition, and battlefield damage assessment, as well as maintain situation awareness out to an objective range of 200 kilometers. (ends)

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Separately, the Pentagon on Dec. 27 announced the following contract :


AAI Corp., Cockeysville, Md., is being awarded a $17,800,000 increment as part of a $41,802,927 modification to fixed-price-incentive/cost-plus-fixed-fee contract DAAH01-99-C-0142, for low rate initial production of Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems.

Work will be performed in Cockeysville, Md., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2001. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

There was an announcement on the World Wide Web on May 3, 1999, and seven bids were received. The U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

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US Army Announces WinnerOf Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition