U.S. Army awards Leidos contract to support airborne ISR needs
Leidos, a Reston, VA-based national security, health and engineering solutions company, announced on November 24 that it was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Army to design, produce, integrate and test for the Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E) program of record. The single-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has a five-year period of performance and a total ceiling value of $661.8 million. The ARL-E is a manned multi-INT airborne platform that provides a persistent capability to detect, locate, classify/identify and track surface targets in day/night, near-all-weather conditions, with a high degree of timeliness and accuracy. The first task order under the IDIQ will provide the System of Systems (SoS) integration of an extensible Mission Equipment Payload (MEP), including the modification of Bombardier DHC-8 aircraft.
Through the duration of the IDIQ task order contract, Leidos, with its partner Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and teammates Argon ST (a Boeing Company), L-3 ComCept, and Dynamic Aviation, will provide low-cost, high-maturity solutions using a flexible open architecture that enables integration of future capabilities, promotes growth, and maximizes the Army’s investments.
With years of airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) experience supporting a variety of military customers including the U.S. Army, the Leidos team provides superior solutions that meet the services’ current and future mission needs. The team has operationally integrated and flown every type of Government identified sensor in the ARL-E solicitation, validating our offering for the ARL-E mission equipment payload (MEP) as a technologically sound, low-risk solution.
“We are incredibly excited to continue our legacy of supporting the U.S. Army on vital airborne programs,” said Leidos chief executive officer Roger Krone.
“The selection of our team on this contract solidifies our standing as leaders in ISR capabilities,” added Leidos group president John Fratamico. “We remain dedicated to supporting our customer and providing mission effective technology at a competitive price.”