Shackelford: Air Force Wants Competition in MQ-X Acquisition

By Jason Simpson / May 15, 2009 at 5:00 AM
The Air Force wants to move away from a sole-source acquisition strategy in developing the unmanned aircraft follow-on to the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, the service's No. 2 acquisition official said today. Predators and Reapers were rushed into service right out of their technology demonstration phases due to the high demand for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Looking forward, though, the Air Force hopes to ensure several companies compete for the next series...

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