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Military funds UAV research

March 9, 2012 at 6:54 AM

ARLINGTON, Va., March 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Defense has announced two contracts for research and development of future unmanned aerial vehicles.

The awards, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity vehicles, are being given to Virginia defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. and the University of Dayton Research Center in Ohio.

Each Technology, Research, Integration and Demonstration Program contract is a cost-plus, fixed-fee award worth $44.3 million.

"Through the use of task orders, air and space vehicle structures research and development will be conducted to deliver future air and space vehicle capabilities to the war fighter, the Defense Department said.

"This research and development will include conceptual design studies, experimental data analyses, systems engineering assessments, technology assessments and evaluations, and computational analyses.

Work on the program will be completed by June 2019.

Additional details on the work involved weren't disclosed in the announcement of the contracts this week.

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