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US Air Force probing market for ISR UAS

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The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) is looking for companies that can deliver technically sound and economical non-developmental intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

The service said it has a requirement to procure twelve UAS that use established Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) system-of-systems, consisting of integrated non-developmental items.

According to the sources sought notice, issued on the federal business opportunities website on September 21, the UAS should be able to reach a range of 800 km and loiter at an altitude of 18,000 ft for a minimum of 5 hours.

Additional requirement include a maximum endurance up to 20 flying hours, the ability to come back to base and land safely once the signals are lost and landing without a runway.

The notice further says the systems should have EOIR capacity to identify humans at a range of 18,000 ft. and posses self defense capability against enemy air defenses systems. These self-defense systems include jamming and hacking capability, according to the notice.

Companies interested in offering their solutions have until September 28, 2020, to submit their responses, the AFLCMC said.