Navy Awards Northrop Grum­man Unmanned Air­craft Sys­tem Contract 

The Depart­ment of the Navy announced today that the Northrop Grum­man Corp. has been award­ed the sys­tem devel­op­ment and Demon­stra­tion (SDD) con­tract for the Broad Area Mar­itime Sur­veil­lance Unmanned Air­craft Sys­tem (BAMS UAS).
The BAMS UAS con­tract award is the cul­mi­na­tion of a year-long source selec­tion process since the Navy received indus­try pro­pos­als in May 2007. The $1.16 bil­lion cost-plus-award-fee con­tract is to devel­op a per­sis­tent mar­itime intel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and recon­nais­sance (ISR) data col­lec­tion and dis­sem­i­na­tion capa­bil­i­ty that ful­fills the mar­itime war fighter’s require­ment for con­tin­u­ous bat­tle-space aware­ness.  The BAMS UAS will be devel­oped using Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4N plat­form.
“This announce­ment rep­re­sents the Navy’s largest invest­ment in unmanned air­craft sys­tems to date.  The extra­or­di­nary efforts lead­ing to this announce­ment have helped the BAMS UAS pro­gram begin to devel­op a per­sis­tent ISR capa­bil­i­ty nev­er before avail­able to the fleet,” said Capt. Bob Dish­man, pro­gram man­ag­er for the BAMS UAS pro­gram. “This is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for the BAMS UAS pro­gram, con­clud­ing a delib­er­ate and metic­u­lous source selec­tion process that adhered to strin­gent Fed­er­al Acqui­si­tion Reg­u­la­tion and Naval Air Sys­tem Com­mand source selec­tion process­es and doc­u­men­ta­tion require­ments.”
The BAMS UAS is an inte­gral part of the mar­itime patrol and recon­nais­sance Force. As an adjunct to the P‑8A Mul­ti-Mis­sion Mar­itime Air­craft, the BAMS UAS will pro­vide per­sis­tent mar­itime and lit­toral intel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and recon­nais­sance to joint forces and fleet com­man­ders world­wide. This capa­bil­i­ty will enhance bat­tle-space aware­ness, improve force pro­jec­tion capa­bil­i­ties and pro­tect and defend the fleet and the nation. 

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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