The US Navy (USN) is looking to field small- and medium-sized armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can carry an assortment of weapons, including small arms, rockets, grenades, and less-than-lethal weapons and devices.
A request for information (RFI) issued by the Naval Sea Systems Command on 6 July calls for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) Non-Developmental Item (NDI), or near NDI responses for its Close-Range Armed Unmanned Air Vehicles (CRA-UAVs) requirement. “NDI includes CRA-UAVs that are developed but not yet in production, but can reasonably be expected to be in the status of test-ready articles for comparative testing on or about April of 2019,” the solicitation states.
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