San Diego company lands Air Force contract

January 28, 2014 by  

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, a San Diego defense contractor, has been awarded a $362.2 million contract by the U.S. Air Force.

The contract calls for General Atomics to service the Reaper and Predator unmanned aerial systems. The award was actually announced by the Pentagon on December 24, making it a very merry Christmas for the company.

The deal covers a period of one year, during which time the work will be done in Poway, a San Diego suburb. General Atomics will be asked to maintain programs, software, and technical manuals, while also providing support for logistics. Furthermore, it is expected to provide support to field service representatives and flight operations, and manage inventory. It will also be called upon for depot field maintenance and repair.

The number of unmanned systems in the Pentagon’s inventory is not completely known, since the Predator is no longer in production, and the number of units were not counted. Instead, Predators were grouped with Gray Eagles, which General Atomics manufactures for the Army. However, the Defense Department acknowledges there were 112 Reapers on hand as of July 1, 2013.

San Diego is often thought of simply as a beautiful Southern California city with a great many fun things to do, and a perfect vacation destination. In addition to this, it has a large military presence and is home to a number of defense contractors including SAIC and General Dynamics NASSCO.

General Atomics might work with brochure printers to create a presentation to use to approach other government agencies for future contracts.