Report: Army Eyes “˜Other Transaction Authority' to Expedite Drone-Mounted Jammer Procurement

The U.S. Army will use the Defense Department's “other transaction authority“ to accelerate the acquisition of a drone-mounted platform that works to jam enemy communications, Nextgov reported Friday.

A FedBizOpps notice posted Thursday says the Army's electronic warfare and cyber division plans to award the Multi-Function EW Air Large contract to a member of the Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace.

C5 is a division of Consortium Management Group consists of companies in cyber technology and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance markets and works to accelerate the delivery of new capabilities to service personnel through the use of OTA.

The service initially released in February 2017 a request for information for the MFEW-AL program that seeks to field a jamming device mounted on a Gray Eagle drone.

The Army intends to award a multi-year, single-award contract that would cover engineering and manufacturing development and low-rate initial production phases, according to the RFI notice.

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