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Coast Guard Releases Request For Information For Long-range And Ultra-long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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The Coast Guard Research and Development Center released a request for information (RFI) today to learn more about land-based long-range and ultra-long endurance unmanned aircraft systems (LR/U-LE UAS) and related equipment available from government, industry and academia. The RFI is available here.

The RFI is part of congressionally directed market research to examine the feasibility, costs and benefits of using land-based LR/U-LE UAS to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions across contraband transit zones such as the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and eastern Pacific Ocean. The land-based UAS would operate beyond the line of sight of the ground control station and would therefore need to rely on their own sensors for surveillance and other law enforcement actions.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for the Coast Guard to learn the current state of the market for a LR/U-LE UAS that will help inform potential future requirements and acquisition decisions,” said Scott Craig, systems domain lead for the Office of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation.

The deadline to submit responses is Oct. 2, 2017.

For more information: Research, Development, Test and Evaluation program page