Spanish Air Force MQ-9A Block 5 UAVs to get US follow-on contractor logistics support

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on May 24 that the Department of Defense has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Spain of Follow-on Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for GA-ASI MQ-9A Blk 5 Aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $110 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

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Spanish Air Force MQ 9A Block 5 UAVs to get US follow on contractor logistics support

Spanish Air Force MQ-9A Block 5 (Picture source: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems)

Spain’s MQ-9A aircraft fleet provides Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance support that directly supports U.S. and coalition operations around the world. The Government of Spain has requested to buy follow on Contractor Logistics Support to include contractor provided MQ-9A Blk 5 aircraft components, spares, and accessories; repair and return; software and software support services; simulator software; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; U.S. Government and contractor provided engineering, technical and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $110 million.

The prime contractor will be General Atomics, Palmdale, CA. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Spain.

Last December, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems made its final delivery of two MQ-9A Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft and a Ground Control Station (GCS) to Spain, the first international purchase of the drone platform. The Spanish Air Force took delivery of the aircraft on November 23, completing a total acquisition of four aircraft and three Ground Control Stations. Operation of the new MQ-9s is conducted near Badajoz, Spain by the 233rd Squadron at Talavera la Real Air Base.

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