Leidos has won a contract to develop a software solution for the US Army’s Unmanned Aircraft System Ground Control Station – Version 4 (UASGCS-V4).

The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract has a base period of one year, with three additional one-year option years.

Awarded by the General Services Administration (GSA), the contract has a ceiling value of approximately $53m, if all options are exercised.

Under the single-award contract, Leidos will deliver engineering services for technical and logistics support that includes software development.

The next-generation software solution will be integrated into the Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS) by the company.

Additionally, multiple UAS platforms will undergo system qualification, certification and operational testing. Contract work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, US.

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Leidos Airborne Solutions division manager Michael Hile said: “We look forward to supporting the US Army’s UASGCS-V4 through this next-generation software solution.

“Our team’s expertise in software programming and development, along with their deep mission knowledge, will help ensure the success of this critical mission.”

Designed to be suitable with the common baseline, the software solution will increase the reusage capabilities for the current unmanned aircraft system.

The software refresh and upgraded capabilities will simplify and increase the efficiency of the integrated system, making it easy to operate.

Further, it will minimise the training and augment concept of operations (CONOP) flexibility for the warfighting commander.

This will inform unmanned aircraft ground control station operators about direction and help them trace enemies and fulfil their mission.

In January this year, Leidos won a contract to deliver technology refresh and upgrades to the US Army’s common driver trainer (CDT) virtual product line (VPL).