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Army Awards 10 OTAs for Military Helicopter ‘Air Launched Effects’ Family of Systems

The U.S. Army’s aviation and missile technology consortium has awarded $29.8M in other transaction agreements to 10 projects with the goal of building a family of systems designed to provide mission effects for the Future Vertical Lift helicopter program.

The Army said Monday it divided the Air Launched Effects projects into air vehicle, mission system and payload categories that will form part of the Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft ecosystem.

ALE technologies are intended to support aviation teaming operations, medium- and long-range fires, deep maneuvers and threat exploitation and disintegration activities.

Northrop Grumman’s (NYSE: NOC) Alliant Techsystems Operations business, Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) and Area-I will participate in the ALE air vehicle line of effort.

Boeing’s (NYSE: BA) Aurora Flight Sciences subsidiary, L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) and Raytheon will work on mission systems.

Leonardo Electronics US Inc., Allegient Defense, Raytheon and Alliant Techsystems Operations will develop payloads.

Joseph Giunta, executive director at U.S. Army Contracting Command-Redstone, has commended AMTC on the consortium’s efforts to help the service branch move forward its ALE acquisition strategy.

“We have lots of flexibility inside the OTA that allows us to do many things once these technologies are proven and ready to be integrated,” Giunta said.

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