US Navy awards USD92.6m engineering contract to KBR to support counter drone infrastructure

The US Navy has awarded technology company KBR a contract worth USD92.6 million to perform engineering, integration and sustainment services on counter unmanned air systems (C-UAS) for the Combat Integration & Identification Systems unit within the US Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). The cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract will support the US military with ground-based air defence.

According to a KBR press release, the company will provide its expertise to various Navy identification and data link systems, which include the Negation of Improvised Non-State Joint Aerial-Threats (NINJA) system; Counter-Remote Control Model Aircraft Integrated Air Defense Network (CORIAN) system; SkyTracker UAS detection and tracking suite; Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System (LMADIS); Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS); and ANDURIL artificial intelligence platforms.

The Department of Defense (DoD) uses these C-UAS to strengthen homeland security and address potential threats in the U.S. and abroad. The systems can scan the skies for enemy aircraft and take appropriate action to deny airspace access.

KBR’s specific tasks will include the integration and installation of systems; the characterization of system and sub-system components; development of training curriculum and materials, as well as delivery of formal training programs; supply system management and material control; testing and repair of C-UAS; and laboratory maintenance and quality assurance. The company will perform the five-year contract primarily at Webster Outlying Field in St Inigoes, Maryland.

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