Leidos, which was was recently named as one of four contenders for the Australian Army’s LAND 129 Phase 3 program to replace its Shadow unamanned aircraft, has been awarded a contract for a new software for military unmanned aircraft ground control system.

The contract awarded by the General Services Administration (GSA) is to develop and refresh software as well as upgrade capabilities for the U.S. Army’s Unmanned Aircraft System Ground Control Station – Version 4 (UASGCS-V4).

The single award, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract has a one-year base period of performance and three one-year option years, with work primarily to be carried out in Huntsville, Alabama. If all options are exercised, the contract holds a total value of approximately US$53 million ($81.1 million).

Leidos is teaming up with Aeronatics Ltd in its bid for the Australian Army’s LAND 129 Phase 3 program (Photo: Aeronautics Ltd)

“We look forward to supporting the U.S Army’s UASGCS-V4 through this next-generation software solution,” said Michael Hile, Leidos division manager, Airborne Solutions. “Our team’s expertise in software programming and development, along with their deep mission knowledge, will help ensure the success of this critical mission.”

Under the contract, Leidos will provide engineering services for technical and logistics support, including software development. Leidos will also support integration of this design solution into the Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS) as well as system qualification, certification and operational testing for multiple UAS platforms.

Leidos is also eother xpected to deliver a software solution that is compatible with the common baseline and maximizes reusable efficiencies for the existing unmanned aircraft system, as well as U.S. Army, Department of Defense, and commercially-available software.

This is expected to result in a simplified, efficient and integrated system that will potentially be easier to operate, reduce the burden of training and provide commanders with maximum concept of operations (CONOP) flexibility.

In Australia, Leidos has also teamed up with Aeronautics Limited for LAND 129 Phase 3, and was seeking other Australian SMEs to join their bid team.

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Kym Bergmann
Kym Bergmann is the editor for Asia Pacific Defence Reporter (APDR) and Defence Review Asia (DRA). He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and the defence industry. After graduating with honours from the Australian National University, he joined Capital 7 television, holding several positions including foreign news editor and chief political correspondent. During that time he also wrote for Business Review Weekly, undertaking analysis of various defence matters.After two years on the staff of a federal minister, he moved to the defence industry and held senior positions in several companies, including Blohm+Voss, Thales, Celsius and Saab. In 1997 he was one of two Australians selected for the Thomson CSF 'Preparation for Senior Management' MBA course. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of companies including Raytheon, Tenix and others. He has served on the boards of Thomson Sintra Pacific and Saab Pacific.


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