GA-ASI, AAI and Sparta Named As Finalist for U.S. Army ERMP UAV Program
GA-ASI, AAI and Sparta Named As Finalist for U.S. Army ERMP
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Team Warrior
Partners Named as Finalist for U.S. Army ERMP UAV Program. Team Warrior to
Participate in Systems Capabilities Demonstration in Early 2005. Source: GA-ASI,
San Diego -- (GA-ASI) -- January 3, 2005
-- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft surveillance systems,
along with its “Team Warrior” partners AAI Corporation and SPARTA, Inc., today
announced that it has been selected as one of two finalists for the U.S. Army’s
Extended Range Multi-Purpose (ERMP) UAV Program.
Demonstrator UAV (US Army Photo)
Team Warrior will now proceed to the next phase of the Systems Development and
Demonstration (SDD) contract award process. A Systems Capabilities Demonstration
(SCD) will be conducted the first quarter of 2005 at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
“We are honored that the U.S. Army has recognized the high-value solution that
Team Warrior brings to the ERMP Program,” said Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr., president
and chief executive officer of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. “Based on
the combat-proven Predator® UAV and One System GCS, the Team Warrior proposal
offers the Army the lowest risk solution for persistent ISR and tactical strike
operations. We look forward to validating the strengths of the team’s unique yet
complementary expertise during the upcoming demonstration period.”
The Systems Capabilities Demonstration will showcase the WarriorTM UAV, which
was designed to meet the Army’s requirement for a non-developmental solution, as
well as supporting capabilities. The SCD will be held over a three-week period
and will consist of system ground and multi-mission flight demonstrations. The
results of the Team Warrior demonstration, along with those of a second finalist,
are scheduled to be announced in April 2005 when the winner of the ERMP SDD
contract will be awarded. This will be the first multi-year contract phase of an
ERMP Program estimated to be worth $900 million.
Designed to provide Division and Corps commanders with long-range, armed,
unmanned aircraft surveillance capability, the Team Warrior solution utilizes
common U.S. Army systems and processes to reduce financial, technical and
operational risks to the customer. GA-ASI’s vast design, development and
operational experience in unmanned aircraft systems such as the Predator, Army
IGNAT®-ER and Predator B, along with AAI’s Army One System ground control
equipment and Sparta’s extensive logistics support services, provides the U.S.
Army with the low-risk, high value solution to meet operational requirements for
persistent ISR mission execution.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) :
Headquartered in San Diego, California, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems,
Inc. was established in 1993 to design, develop and deliver proven and reliable
unmanned aircraft systems for various customers throughout the world. The
IGNAT-ER is currently operational in combat with the U.S. Army.
Predator aircraft procured by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and
Italian Air Force have accumulated more than 120,000 flight hours. The prop jet
Predator B is also
operational with the U.S. Air Force. The company is dedicated to providing
long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft systems for a variety of mission
applications, including surveillance, reconnaissance, targeting, weapons
delivery, scientific research, atmospheric monitoring and other commercial
applications. For more information, please visit
AAI Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Industrial
Corporation (UIC), is focused on the design, production and support of defense
systems. AAI produces the Army's RQ-7 Shadow tactical unmanned aerial vehicle.
Shadow TUAVs have flown more than 17,000 combat hours in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In addition to unmanned aerial vehicle systems, AAI's products include test and
simulation systems, automated aircraft test and maintenance equipment, and
logistical/engineering services for government-owned equipment. The company is
headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland. For more information, visit
SPARTA, Inc. is an employee-owned company headquartered in Lake Forest,
California, with 20 offices located throughout the United States. As a systems
engineering and advanced technology company with over 24 years of nationally
recognized achievements, SPARTA is dedicated to serving the nation’s needs in
the areas of strategic defensive and offensive systems, tactical weapons systems,
space systems and management information systems. SPARTA’s strengths in system
engineering, analysis, simulation, technology development, engineering services
and logistics support made SPARTA an ideal teammate for logistics and
supportability for the Extended Range Multi-Purpose Program. For more
information, visit www.sparta.com.
Predator and I-GNAT are registered trademarks and Warrior is a trademark of
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Additional information on the teaming companies may be
obtained by contacting: