ERMP Contract Announcement
U.S. Army Awards GA-ASI $214
Million SDD Phase of ER/MP Contract
Redstone, Alabama -- (GA-ASI)
August 09, 2005 -- The U.S. Army awarded today a $214 million contract to
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of San Diego, Calif., for system
development and demonstration of the Extended Range Multi Purpose (ERMP)
unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system.
The "Warrior," is a key component of the
Army's aviation restructuring strategy
The ERMP UAV, which has been named the "Warrior," is a key component of the
Army's aviation restructuring strategy. This contract award was facilitated by
the reinvestment of Comanche dollars and directly supports the Army's Aviation
The Warrior will have the longest range of any UAV system in the Army, and its
diesel-powered air vehicle will eliminate the logistical need for a special fuel
on the battlefield. The air vehicle will be capable of loitering over enemy
territories for 36 hours at altitudes up to 25,000 feet while executing missions
such as reconnaissance, communicatons relay and attack with multiple on-board
weapons. Warrior’s network connectivity will reduce the sensor-to-shooter time
to better suppress enemy threats. Warrior also will include an automatic takeoff
and landing system and control via satellite communication and the Tactical
Common Data Link.
The Army intends to procure 11 Warrior systems, each with 12 aerial vehicles,
five ground control stations and other support equipment such as ground data
terminals, spares, and Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals that are
required to test and field a complete system.
The Warrior's system development and demonstration phase is expected to last
approximately 48 months. Initial Operational Capability is expected in fiscal
year 2009. Total program cost is expected to be approximately $1 billion.
Bob Hunt (256) 955-9174,
Program Executive Office, Aviation, Public Affairs Office, Redstone Arsenal,