amentum said this week it was awarded a potential five-year, $259.8 million contract to support the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate’s efforts to demonstrate and evaluate counter-systems technologies and systems without driver (C-UAS).
The size of the contract is huge by DHS S&T standards, but no funding is guaranteed. DHS is seeking $26.2 million for S&T in fiscal year 2023 for C-UAS research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E).
In 2022, S&T conducted assessments of systems and technologies to detect, track and identify small UAS and other aircraft in mountainous and plains environments.
Under the contract, Amentum will support S&T’s C-UAS portfolio, which is led by Program Manager Shawn McDonald in support of the department’s components.
Amentum’s research and development activities will include research, development and testing capabilities related to cyber vulnerabilities of C-UAS technologies, radio frequency spectrum measurements to enable safe integration of C-UAS equipment into national airspace, integration and evaluation of new and emerging C-UAS. and UAS technologies in various environments and terrains across the United States, supporting the integration and deployment of prototype C-UAS systems to mission areas to gain operational feedback and enable rapid operational transition to DHS components performing authorized C-UAS missions.
In the field of UAS, Amentum supports the Air Force Air Combat Command in the command and control of UAS, as well as organizational maintenance, pilots and crew of sensor operators for MQ systems. -9 Reaper and RQ-4 Global Hawk.
The contract with DHS S&T was awarded as part of the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center multiple contract award vehicles. Task orders under the contract vehicle are assigned by the Air Force 774and Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, which supports the R&T and S&T communities.