General Atomics has won a $134 million contract for the production of block 30 ground control stations.
Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2020, the US department of defense said in a statement Friday.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Medium Altitude UAS Division, AFLCMC/WIIK is the contract authority.
This effort will provide for the retrofit of legacy Block 15 Ground Control Station (GCS) to Block 30 GCS, the installation of Block 30 GCS, and procurement of Predator Primary Data Link (PPDL), 2nd Radio ARC-210, and SOC ClearCom Accessory hardware kits.
GA-ASI's Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Station (GCS) is designed for use with Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems such as the Predator and Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper and offers improved situational awareness and reduced pilot workload. Innovations include intuitive interfaces that are designed to make potentially hazardous situations easier to identify and to improve the decision-making process generally.
The Advanced Cockpit GCS may be retrofitted into existing U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Royal Air Force, Italian Air Force, French Air Force, and NASA fixed-site facilities and fielded mobile GCS shelters.