Air Force contracts with UTAS for reconnaissance pods

The pods can produce high resolution imagery from 80 nautical miles away and collect more than 10,000 square miles of imagery per hour.
By James LaPorta  |  May 14, 2018 at 1:41 PM
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May 14 (UPI) -- UTAS was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force for high-resolution imagery and air-to-ground communications.

The deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $61.3 million under the terms indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, which is a modification to a previous Pentagon award.

The contract from the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center enables UTAS, a division of Goodrich, to provide an increased quantity of the DB-110 tactical reconnaissance pods to the Air Force and other foreign military sales partner nations, the Pentagon said.

The reconnaissance pod provides day and night, high-resolution, wide-area imaging capabilities for F-16 aircraft, as well as other jet fighters, from up to 80 nautical miles away and can collect more than 10,000 square miles of imagery per hour. The pod provides stand-off and vertical imaging capabilities, along with air-to-ground communication over constrained bandwidth systems.

The modification brings the total cumulative value of the original contract to more than $135.4 million.

Work on the contract will occur in Westford, Mass., and is expected to be complete in May 2021.

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