DARPA to develop rucksack-size, bird-like UAV for perch-and-stare persistent surveillance

ARLINGTON, Va., 26 May 2011. Researchers at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are asking industry to develop a small, bird-like unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) small enough to fit in a soldier's rucksack and able to fly to and perch in useful locations for several hours near targets of interest to provide continuous, real-time persistent surveillance without help from human operators. The DARPA Tactical Technology Office released a broad-agency announcement Wednesday (DARPA-BAA-11-35) for the UAVForge Manufacturing Services program to develop a small, affordable, and easy-to-operate UAV.

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ARLINGTON, Va., 26 May 2011. Researchers at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are asking industry to develop a small, bird-like unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) small enough to fit in a soldier's rucksack and able to fly to and perch on useful locations for several hours near targets of interest to provide continuous, real-time persistent surveillance without help from human operators.The DARPA Tactical Technology Office released a broad-agency announcement Wednesday (DARPA-BAA-11-35) for the UAVForge Manufacturing Services program to develop a small, affordable, and easy-to-operate UAV for persistent surveillance in a perch-and-stare mode. DARPA plans to spend about $2 million on the project.Specifically, DARPA wants to find a contractor to lead companies and teams of companies by providing manufacturing expertise and assessments, as well as building as many as 15 of the perch-and-stare persistent-surveillance miniature UAV. The program will have a fly-off competition to help determine the winning design.

The winning contractor will lead development efforts, but will not be eligible to participate in the design and development competition, DARPA officials say. Administering the UAVForge program for DARPA will be officials of the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic in Charleston, S.C.

Companies interested should submit proposals by post or by hand delivery to DARPA no later than 12 July 2011 to DARPA/TTO, Attn: BAA 11-35, 3701 North Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22203-1714. Submit questions or concerns by e-mail to DARPA-BAA-11-35@darpa.mil, or by fax to 703-248-1844.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/DARPA/CMO/DARPA-BAA-11-35/listing.html.

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