A Textron subsidiary will help the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command handle unmanned aircraft system operations for the USS Miguel Keith expeditionary sea base under a five-year, $22 million contract.
The system is also designed to function in expeditionary land-based missions and has logged 585,000 flight hours to date while in service with the U.S. military and international allies.
Work under the ESB-5 contract is slated to begin in fiscal year 2023 and follows an $18.3 million award from NAVAIR to extend Textron’s UAS operations support on ESB-4, formally called USS Hershel “Woody” Williams. Both vessels belong to the service branch’s Lewis B. Puller class.
The company additionally performs similar work for two DDG-class destroyer ships.