Army hosting industry day this month on hardware, supplies for joint c-SUAS

By Dan Schere / January 4, 2023 at 12:10 PM

The Army will host an industry day later this month to discuss future requirements for providing aerial target supplies and hardware for joint counter small unmanned aerial systems at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma, the service announced in a Jan. 3 notice.

The event stems from a requirement from at Ft. Sill to provide supplies and hardware for c-SUAS air defense artillery training, according to the Army.

In order to provide c-SUAS training to all of the armed services, the Army’s Joint Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office must acquire UAS supplies. However, the Army states in the industry day notice that it is not currently seeking proposals.

The industry day, which will be held Jan. 18, will be both virtual and in person. Among the topics to be discussed will be capabilities to meet joint counter-SUAS airframe requirements, the ability to repair and build UAS parts and providing sustainment packages with different UAS platforms.

The industry day follows a request for information issued by the Army in November to identify companies interested in providing UAS and remotely piloted vehicle target supplies. Additionally, the Marine Corps issued an RFI in November on c-SUAS that can track, identify and defeat UAS through “non-kinetic” means.

During this year’s Project Convergence, the Army worked with a multinational coalition that included Australia and the United Kingdom, which provided unmanned systems to an experiment. Army officials said the experiment demonstrated the joint force’s ability to operate a drone swarm of unmanned systems.