US Air Force selects A-Tech’s LOCUST counter UAS capability for prototype development

The US Air Force has selected the LOCUST counter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) solution supplied by A-Tech Corporation, doing business as Applied Technology Associates (ATA), in a prototype development award worth USD17.6 million.

According to ATA, the purpose of the agreement is to obtain a ground-based Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) prototype for the purpose of fixed-site Air Force Air Base Air Defense against Group 1 and Group 2 unmanned aerospace system (UAS) threats. The Directed Energy Counter-UAS prototype project involves the development, assembly, and ultimately test of a prototype DEW in an operationally relevant environment.

This prototype effort will be divided into two phases, with Phase 2 being an option. Phase 1 consists of prototype design, assembly, and contractor test. Work will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by September 10, 2021.

Larry Lloyd, ATA’s Vice President for Business Development. “We look forward to building upon our LOCUST counter-UAS product portfolio with this key prototype project.”

This award is the result of a competition under the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Consortium Initiative umbrella agreement FA8604-19-9-4050. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8604-19- 9-4050).

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