The US Army has awarded Leonardo DRS a USD16 million contract to develop a vehicle-mounted counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) capability as an urgent operational need.
Under the terms of the contract, Leonardo’s DRS Land Systems division in conjunction with Moog Defense and Space will integrate the former’s Surveillance and Battlefield Reconnaissance Equipment (SABRE) and the latter’s Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP) turret onto two Oshkosh MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs).
DRS Land Systems will be the lead integrator under the contract, which was signed through the US Army’s Mobile Low, Slow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Integrated Defense System, Increment 1 effort. The work will help formulate requirements and guide procurement decisions for the US Army, with production scheduled to begin from mid-2018.
Designed to detect, track, and destroy unmanned aircraft, the two integrated systems have already been integrated to some degree through the two companies’ collaborative work on the RIwP turret from 2012. This turret can mount a wide variety of weapons, ranging from machine guns, automatic grenade launchers, cannon, guided anti-tank missiles, and rockets. Additionally the RIwP is known to have undergone development to facilitate the integration of Stinger surface-to-air missiles.
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