SPRINGVILLE, Utah. ImSAR LLC was awarded a $7.2 million contract for work on payload systems and communications packages of the RQ-21 Blackjack unmanned aerial system (UAS). The cost-plus-fixed fee delivery order against a previous ordering agreement calls for work to be executed by October 2020, the Defense Department announced.

According to the company, the RQ-21 Blackjack is 8.2 feet long, weighs 134 pounds, and has a wingspan of 15.7 feet. It can carry a payload of up to 39 pounds, and is used primarily for forward reconnaissance.

The contract with the U.S. Navy is in support of a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research program effort named “Advanced Radar Concepts for Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft.”

ImSAR will provide research, development, procurement, and sustainment of the AN/DPY-2 split aces payload systems and communications relay package aboard the RQ-21A.


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