Monday, June 25, 2012

Eglin seeks drone control software

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- An industry day will be held June 28 in advance of a Request For Proposals for systems engineering and software engineering support for custom software to operate unmanned aircraft. The revised pre-solicitation notice says the software is for the automated control of full-scale and sub-scale aerial targets of the Gulf Range Drone Control System (GRDCS). It covers system programming, drone control software, calibration, graphics and more. (Source: Defense Systems, 06/25/12) The GRDCS is used to control drones, ground vehicles, collect and display time space position information data for aircraft and surface vehicles, and control aircraft instrumentation. GRDCS support will be provided by the contractor at the Central Control Facility at Eglin, but support may be required at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or the Utah Test and Training Range or other locations. The Air Force anticipates issuing an RFP for a single, three-year and 45-day contract and two, one-year option periods. Solicitation