AÂ General AtomicsÂ business unit has landed a potential five-year, $93MÂ contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command to integrate and test modified variants of two unmanned aerial vehicle platforms.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. will incorporate Special Operations Forces PeculiarÂ modifications into MQ-9 and MQ-1C medium altitude,Â long endurance tactical UAVs,Â the Department of Defense said Thursday.
DoD added that GA-ASI will conduct studies and analysisÂ to help the government decide on potentialÂ MALETÂ SOF-p adjustments in the near future.
Contract work is initially scheduled to occur through September 2023 at a company facilityÂ in Poway, Calif.
The MQ-9 Reaper, also called Predator B, is designed to operate for more thanÂ 27 hours at an altitude of up to 50K and carry 3,850 pounds of payload.
The MQ-1C Gray EagleÂ can soar up toÂ 29K feetÂ and accommodate 1,075 pounds ofÂ payload such as Hellfire missiles,Â aÂ synthetic aperture radar andÂ an electro-optical/infrared technology.