Textron awarded Uncrewed Aircraft System contract for 3 Littoral Combat Ships by US Navy

Textron Systems Corporation has been awarded an initial contract valued at up to $19.5 million by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to provide Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) operational support to two Independence Class LCS and one Freedom Class LCS variants.

This award joins the Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB)-4 and ESB-5, as well as two DDG- class ships, bringing the total number of U.S. Navy ships supported by the Aerosonde® UAS system to seven.

Textron Systems will deploy its Aerosonde UAS to provide mission overwatch and extended intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services with enhanced mission payloads as seen aboard the ESB-5.

Notably, Textron Systems is a world leader in unmanned air, surface and land products, services and support.

About Aerosonde Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS)

The Aerosonde system continues to set the standard for mission readiness and ease of use, amassing more than 600,000 flight hours serving multiple U.S. customers and allies.

It is designed for expeditionary land- and sea-based operations with both fixed-wing and vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) options.

Textron Systems has provided turnkey, UAS operations for customers around the world for more than 10 years.

Source: https://investor.textron.com/news/news-releases/press-release-details/2023/Textron-Systems-Awarded-Uncrewed-Aircraft-System-UAS-Contractor-Owned-Contractor-Operated-Contract-For-Three-Littoral-Combat-Ships-LCS-By-U.S.-Navy/default.aspx