Unmanned Systems News 1/16/13

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Eglin AFB Surveying Industry for UUVs
By Danielle Lucey

 Photo courtesy Bluefin Robotics.

The Air Force Test Center at Eglin Air Force Base is seeking companies that can provide unmanned underwater vehicles for the Small Unmanned Marine Vehicle Systems (SUMS) program. The UUVs and their sensor payloads would be used to recover air-delivered test weapons for the Air Force 96th Test Wing at Eglin AFB.

Air Force officials say they will award a support contract for the SUMS mission from January to December 2014, with a maximum of four one-year options. 

The companies should be able to provide equipment, operations and maintenance at Eglin, along with other locations, according to an Air Force press release. The Air Force also needs two ground control stations per mission, which should be launched either from shore or a 40-foot work boat. The systems the Air Force is seeking will have an endurance of six to nine months at 420 nautical miles away from the control stations. 

More information on the opportunity can be found here.