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Leidos to provide aircraft ISR support services to US Army

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Leidos has won a cost-plus-fixed-fee task order to provide aircraft intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) support services to the US Army.

The company will deliver the services in support of the army’s Product Director, Airborne Reconnaissance Low (PD ARL).

The ISR support services are meant for intelligence aircraft systems such as the Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Multifunction (ARL-M), Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E), and Saturn Arch reconnaissance platforms.

Leidos Defense Group president Gerry Fasano said: “The army continues to turn to Leidos for airborne reconnaissance support that helps warfighters remain aware of their operational environments for a range of critical missions.

“This award upholds the key infrastructure investments and strategic industry partnerships we’ve instituted in our airborne solutions operation.”

The task order consists of a base performance period of one year and four one-year options.

The total value of the contract, including the options, could reach a maximum of around $428m.

Work under the task order will be carried out in multiple state-side and overseas locations.

Services to be provided will include programme management, operations, sustainment, cybersecurity, and engineering support.

The company will focus on improving standardised processes across the ARL-E, ARL-M, and Saturn Arch programmes.

Leidos Airborne Solutions operation manager Kevin Lansdowne said: “As the original equipment manufacturer for the Saturn Arch and ARL-E platforms, Leidos was the only team with the current staff, infrastructure, support facilities, tangible knowledge of system architectures, and demonstrated operational experience to provide the required services at the lowest risk to the customer.

“Our proven methods have consistently delivered greater than 90% full mission capability to the customer on multiple, similar programmes.”

In 2015, Leidos won a five-year contract to provide design, architecture engineering, configuration management, system integration, aircraft integration, and testing support for the ARL-E system.

The company received another task order in 2017 for the integration and demonstration of ARL-E aircraft.

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