BAE SYSTEMS today welcomed the selection by the UK Ministry of Defence for the assessment phase of the SENDER tactical Unmanned Air Vehicle programme.
BAE SYSTEMS Avionics' team, led by its Rochester UK based Avionic Systems Division, was one of four contractors selected for this stage of the SENDER requirement. The assessment phase is important in developing and assessing concepts to determine the unmanned system to meet the land component commanders' Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) requirements.
The study calls for a wide ranging systems operational analysis and will include concepts for command, control, communication, computers and intelligence (C4I), air vehicles, payload, missions and support concepts. The results will support the Ministry of Defence's balance of investment study, which will determine the mix of ISTAR assets it needs to meet UK forces' future requirements.
The BAE SYSTEMS team brings considerable unmanned systems expertise. The team includes Flight Refuelling Ltd, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., and nine BAE SYSTEMS sites: Avionic Systems, Rochester; Tactical Products, Christchurch; Sensor Systems, Basildon & Stanmore; Customer Support Services, Rochester; Alenia Marconi Systems, Filton; Communications Navigation & Identification, (CNI) Wayne NJ; Mission Solutions, San Diego and BAE SYSTEMS Research Centre, Great Baddow.
BAE SYSTEMS, is a major prime contractor to the UK MoD for supply of UAV and C4I systems to the UK armed forces. The Assessment phase 1 study gives the team the opportunity to develop this capability in a partnering relationship with UK MoD.
BAE Systems Team Selected for Sender Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicle Study