November 21, 2012
Buried in a contract award notice, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) signaled on Nov. 1 its intent to purchase up to 14 additional Predator unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to be used to patrol US borders and respond to disasters.
“The requirements associated with this [justification] are for the procurement of up to 14 MQ-9 AUS, associated equipment, and operational and maintenance support service,” read the supporting materials of a contract award to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego, Calif.
The total estimated value of the UAS contract is $443 million over five years.
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