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AAI awarded $12.8 million drone ISR contract for Afghanistan airfields

AAI Corp., a subsidiary of Textron, has been awarded a $12.75 million contract modification to provide drone system, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) in support of U.S. forces at Bagram and Kandahar Airfields in Afghanistan.

“AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, has been awarded a $12,759,179.04 firm-fixed price modification (P00002) to contract FA4890-18-C-0005 for force protection efforts at airfields located within the Air Force Central Command’s area of responsibility,” the U.S. Department of Defense said in a release on Tuesday, August 7.

AAI provides a non-developmental contractor-owned and contractor-operated unmanned aerial system ISR solution to perform operational, engineering, and sustainment efforts necessary to effectively execute pre-deployment, deployment operations, post-deployment, and engineering support activities, the release said.

“The contractor-owned, contractor-operated ISR solution is required to support ISR tasking occurring anytime,” the release added.

The total face value of the contract is $28,420,564, and work is expected to be completed by March 27, 2019.

The contract is an extension of the original $15.67 million contract awarded in January, which was set to expire on September 27.

AAI was founded in 1950 and began work on unmanned aerial systems for the U.S. military in 1985. It was acquired by Textron in 2007.

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