JT-UAV Project Office


5 May 1997

The Department of Defense plans to acquire Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) systems in a common configuration that meets the joint requirements of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. These systems comprise fully integrated components, including: air vehicle, sensor payloads, C4I interface systems, ground control elements, launch and recovery equipment, and may include automatic take-off and landing subsystems. The TUAV system will be expected to successfully operate within the mobility and transportability constraints of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.

One aspect of the Department’s plan includes an ongoing Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration, commonly called Outrider, that will be used to assess military utility of one specific system, refine detailed requirements of such joint TUAV systems, and to develop the concept of operations for employment of joint TUAVs.

Since several companies are independently developing air vehicles for other purposes, the Department wishes to remain fully informed of alternative systems and air vehicle capabilities. The Department will continue to monitor alternatives that could meet the TUAV requirements and may adjust any future development and acquisition programs to take full advantage of commercial progress and to maintain competition. This may occur at either the system level or at the air vehicle level.

With this in mind, NAVAIR is conducting a market survey for the Department to obtain industry input relative to its current capabilities to satisfy the fully documented Joint Tactical UAV requirements. We desire any information on current, demonstrated performance and capabilities of the respondent’s system/air vehicle as it relates to the joint performance parameters listed in TABLE 1. We also seek information on existing systems/air vehicles that meet or exceed either of two component requirements: 50 km land or 200 km maritime, also listed in TABLE 1. Respondents should clearly indicate whether their response addresses the joint and/or component requirements.

Please include in your response information addressing: 1) system development status (design verification testing and design/configuration stability); 2) production status including quantities of air vehicles produced, number of flights, and total flight hours; 3) availability of design and support documentation such as blueprints/drawings; 4) data link used; 5) sensor payloads, payload capability and payload growth capacity; 6) estimated production costs for an air vehicle with an EO/IR payload, with air vehicle and sensor payload production cost separately identified; 7) system reliability and maintainability; 8) growth paths for any performance area that does not meet the requirements; 9) a list of customers who could provide a user’s assessment of the system/air vehicle and its operational capability, and 10) business arrangements such as partners or team members who participated in the development and manufacture of the system/air vehicle.

System maturity, as evidenced by demonstrated performance and flight data from off-the-shelf systems/air vehicles is highly preferable; lengthy development alternatives are not desired. Interested parties should be willing to allow a site visit by a Government team to review system documentation and related test data. Respondents should also address availability of a system to be flight demonstrated to Government representatives with a recommended date for such demonstration. Interested parties should submit a written statement of interest, including a description of the item(s) considered to meet the criteria herein, with the above requested supporting data, by close of business May 22, 1997, to the Commander, Naval Air Systems Command, ATTN: AIR- (M. McLoughlin), 1421 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA 22243-5120. Questions may be directed to Mr. Michael McLoughlin at (703) 604-0903, 3767. NAVAIR Synopsis No. 40053-97.


TABLE 1: Thresholds/(Objectives)



50 km Land

200 km Maritime


200 km

50 km (100 km)

200 km

Endurance @ Range

3 hrs @ 200 km

3 hrs On Station

3 hrs @ 200 km






<100 m

<100 m (<80 m)

< 100 m (<80 m)

Data Link

Analog (Digital)

Analog (Digital)

Analog (Digital)

IFF Tansponder


Mode IIIC (Mode IV)

Mode IIIC (Mode IV)

Propulsion *

As Provided (HFE*)



TCS Compatible




Launch & Recovery

Unprepared Surface / Large Amphib Ship

Unprepared Surface

Shipboard -
1 Helo Spot **

Autonomous Landing

Yes - UCARS Option


Yes - UCARS Option


1 C-130

1 C-130 for 72 hr Continuous Ops; NTE 2 C-130s for System

All Air Capable Ships

Mobility / footprint

2 HMMWVs w/1 Trailer

2 HMMWVs w/2 Trailers

Shipboard Compatible

Remote Video Terminal


50 km w/ metadata

200 km w/ metadata

Air Vehicle Cost

$350/33rd Unit $300/100th Unit

$350/33rd Unit $300/100th Unit

  • * Note:Heavy Fuel Engine availability mitigates the danger of using more volatile fuels aboard Naval ships. If not presently available, indicate the growth path that permits eventual HFE deployment.
  • **Approximately 40 ft X 40 ft.

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