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OTA contract awarded for Army training aid

July 12, 2018 at 2:19 PM

Cole Engineering Services has been awarded an other transaction agreement by the Army to produce an Air Defense Artillery Long-Term Evolution Orientation Device for use in Army training.

The $501,900 contract, which seeks "a device to support air defense simulated engagements during live force-on-force training exercises," was awarded June 27, according to a notice posted online.

"Many of the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) engagements (such as missiles) can be stimulated if both the target location and a reasonable weapon orientation at the time of engagement is known," the notice stated. "The LTE network will allow the integration of commercial items, such as devices that provide orientation. This project will develop (if possible and reasonable) a prototype providing a weapon orientation device that will communicate across the existing CTC LTE network. This device will enhance pilot, ADA and Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) training at the CTCs."

OTAs are not subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Their use was expanded by the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.