General Atomics wins $141.8 million contract extension

POWAY — Poway-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $141.8 million one-year contract extension to provide support services for unmanned aircraft stationed in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Thursday.

Under the terms of the deal, which runs until May 7, 2013, General Atomics will provide maintenance, program management, engineering support and spare parts for all the MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles currently deployed to Afghanistan.

Unmanned aircraft are commonly referred to as “drones.”

General Atomics originally won the Army contract to provide support for the aircraft in 2005, spokeswoman Kimberly Kasitz said. This extension replaces a contract that expired May 7.

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