Dr. Paul Kaminski, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology,directed an Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) acquisitionapproach to meet the warfighters' need for a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle(TUAV) system.
There will be a full and open competition for the TUAV withsolicitation release expected in January, 1996.
Kaminski made his decision following briefings on Dec. 21, 1995, after hearingfinal staff recommendations to satisfy the tactical warfighters' need forreconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting.
He agreed with the recommendationto procure six TUAV systems (including four air vehicles and sensors persystem) and eight attrition vehicles using an ACTD approach. The TUAVperformance and cost requirements were outlined by the Joint RequirementsOversight Council (JROC) on Dec. 15, 1995, in JROC Memorandum (JROCM) 150-95.
The air vehicle will have the capacity to carry a variety of payloads toinclude Electro-Optical and Infra-Red Imagery Sensors, and, if practical, aSynthetic Aperture Radar (SAR).
It will have a minimum of three hours onstation endurance at a range of up to 200 kilometers to support a warfightingCommander-in-Chief and be ruggedized for field and shipboard use.
The TUAVrequirements also include Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding andcorrosion inhibition.
If offerors do not provide automatic takeoff and landingand a heavy fuel engine (HFE) as part of the basic system, options fordevelopment and integration of those capabilities into the TUAV will berequested.
Development of a common ground reception, processing, and control system thatprovides for or leads to interoperability with other UAVs, collection systems,and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance andreconnaissance systems was also identified as a requirement.
The JROCrequested the expeditious development and demonstration of this TUAV.
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The Department has designated the Joint Program Office for UAVs, within theProgram Executive Office for Cruise Missiles and UAVs, as the lead for the TUAVacquisition initiative.
Contracting support will be provided by Naval AirSystems Command (NAVAIR).
Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office has theresponsibility for insuring this new capability fits architecture andexpeditiously meets warfighters' needs.