Textron Techniques Company, a Textron Inc. firm, introduced right this moment that it has been awarded a contract valued as much as $18.3 million together with all choices by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Techniques Command (NAVAIR) to supply continued UAS operations help for the usHershel “Woody” Williams, designated ESB-4. The one-year base contract contains two 12-month choices and two six-month choices, for a complete potential efficiency interval of 4 years. The corporate was initially chosen to help the ESB-4 in 2018.

“Our shipboard prospects want UAS options that may ship actionable knowledge from a number of mission payloads with out sacrificing helpful house on deck,” stated Senior Vice President, Air Techniques, Wayne Prender. “It’s equally necessary that we create a robust help ecosystem to maintain availability and reliability charges excessive as operational tempo calls for. In persevering with to help our ESB-4 buyer, we keep our give attention to setting the bar increased and better in all these areas to maintain our sailors knowledgeable and out of hurt’s means.”


Beneath this contract, Textron Techniques will proceed to deploy its Aerosonde UAS to supply maritime operations aboard the ESB-4. The corporate’s personnel work alongside sailors to supply on-demand Aerosonde UAS operations to help a wide range of maritime missions. Textron Techniques’ Aerosonde UAS gives multi-payload efficiency in a single sortie, whereas requiring a minimal shipboard footprint and onboard logistics. Serving a number of U.S. Division of Protection (DoD) prospects with contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) UAS providers alongside army customers, the Aerosonde system has amassed greater than 550,000 flight hours with superior availability in a few of the world’s most austere and difficult environments. The corporate’s steady enchancment strategy has allowed finish customers to implement new options, payloads and enhancements as wanted to help the mission, whereas sustaining the best ranges of reliability.