US Navy Eyes Shift In Drone Procurement Strategy

Law360, Washington (August 14, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Navy may shift the paradigm of its drone procurement contracts from acquiring specific drone quantities to obtaining complete round-the-clock unmanned aerial vehicle systems, the Navy's UAV program head said Wednesday.

Although naval vehicle procurement contracts typically involve acquiring a specific number of planes, drones or other vehicles, Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter claimed the real focus for UAV contracts should be on obtaining complete "orbits," or systems capable of 24/7 operations. Winter emphasized that this paradigm shift could affect the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne...
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