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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 (Photo GA-ASI).

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 Modernization Plan.

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.

Contact information:

  • Bob Hunt (256) 955-9174, Program Executive Office, Aviation, Public Affairs Office, Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5020

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