Despite opening procurement of small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) to competition for the first time, the U.S. Army has no plans in place to buy vehicles other than the AeroVironment RQ-11B Ravens and RQ-20 Pumas it already operates. Instead, the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) umbrella contracts awarded to five companies in January are expected to allow other government agencies to acquire small UAS competitively through the Army’s procurement vehicle. The Army ...

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