Military Embedded Systems

Leidos to integrate and test ARL-E airborne surveillance system


July 17, 2017

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

RESTON, Va. -- Science and engineering firm Leidos has been awarded a task order from the U.S. Army to integrate, test, and demonstrate the three complete Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E) systems under the ARL-E program of record. The single-award cost-plus fixed-fee task order has a one-year base period of performance, two nine-month options, and a total contract value of approximately $64 million if the options are exercised.

The ARL-E is a manned multi-intelligent airborne platform that enables the warfighter to detect, locate, classify/identify, and track surface targets in day or night,  in all kinds of weather conditions, with a high degree of timeliness and accuracy.The ARL-E MEP solution is a mature aerial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) system that leverages prior Department of Defense (DoD)/U.S. Army Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) investments and applications.

Under the task order, Leidos will integrate the previously delivered Mission Equipment Payload (MEP) onto the DHC-8 aircraft, including testing and delivery of the complete ARL-E system. In addition, under the option periods, Leidos will integrate the second and third MEP on the two other ARL-E systems, with the contract culminating in a system demonstration and delivery of up to three complete ARL-E systems.

Work will be performed primarily at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.


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