A $26.8 million contract from US Naval Air Systems Command has been awarded to US-based defense corporation General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. for the delivery of two MQ-9A Reaper unmanned air systems (UAS) and accompanying ground control equipment.

Amid tightening US Department of Defense budget constraints, the US Navy acquired its first two Reaper drones via a $26,866,441 “firm-fixed-price contract” with General Atomics on June 19, according to a Monday contract announcement issued by the Pentagon.

Along with the two unmanned systems, the agreement includes “one dual control mobile ground control station; one modular data center; and one mobile ground control station for Group 5 UAS intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services/persistent strike efforts,” which is commonly referred to as ISR/T.

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