General Atomics Awarded Contract for 2nd French MQ-9 Reaper

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    Pathfinder Lieutenant Colonel

    Dec 17, 2015
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    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $43,740,596 undefinitized contract action for France's MQ-9 second system. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be complete by Oct. 31, 2017. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to France. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-15-G-4040).


    France Orders New Batch of Reapers
    "The Direction Générale de l’Armement ordered Dec. 7 2015 the third batch of Reaper medium-altitude long-endurance drones,” the DGA said in a Dec. 10 statement. The delivery is due in early 2019.

    France had ordered a second batch in July, procurement chief Laurent Collet-Billon told the French Senate defense committee on Oct. 21. The second batch is due for delivery in 2016.

    The second batch and an earlier batch are delivered in the standard US Air Force version, while the third will be in an international version, a US official said.

    The first two batches of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reapers are in the block 1 model, while the third and fourth batches will be in block 5, which will allow payloads for gathering electromagnetic intelligence, Collet-Billon said. Block 5 will include separate channels for flying the aircraft, mission systems and data transmission. The new version will qualify for flying in Europe and be used for training. The two block 1 surveillance drones will be upgraded to block 5.
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