U.S. Government to purchase Alpha 900 helicopter UAS

Rapid Expeditionary Concepts, a U.S.-based system integrator is pleased to announce a prime contract award from the U.S. Department of Defense for the purchase of Alpha 900 unmanned helicopter systems manufactured by Alpha Unmanned Systems, SL (Madrid, Spain) for integration, test, evaluation, and deployment.

The Prime is responsible for the integration of a specialized electro-optical sensor used in counter unmanned aerial system (CUAS) operations. In addition to providing the fully integrated solution, The Prime and Alpha will provide deployment and training support utilizing the Alpha 900 in a joint operational evaluation to be conducted by the U.S Department of Defense over the next two years.

The Prime is a veteran and minority-owned small business, that delivers end-to-end Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (C5ISR) solutions with a particular focus on integrating advanced payloads and sensors on board various manned and unmanned platforms intended for land, sea, and airborne use. They have a long track record of adapting commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology for use by various end-customers in the defence, energy, and special operations communities. The company utilizes its strengths in translating end-user-provided operational requirements into technical solutions that meet or exceed those provided by U.S. DOD in defeating evolving threats from both sophisticated and improvised unmanned systems in air, sea, and land environments utilizing the Alpha 900.

Program Director, Dr. Paul Kuttner, PhD, states, “We have a long track record of maximizing efficiencies and delivering best-value for end-users by reducing total cost, size, weight, and power (C-SWaP) of subsystems intended for utilization on unmanned aircraft, which is perfectly suited for this requirement. Our team has been involved in the design, integration and/or deployment of Group 1 – 5 unmanned aerial systems and subsystems of relevance for many years and we are confident in our ability to execute this program flawlessly. In addition, we have the unique ability to leverage an operational mindset to develop training curricula and documentation that resonates with real-world end-users will ensure operational success. We are excited to partner with the U.S. DOD and Alpha in this endeavour and look forward to many future successes, where our team can utilize the versatile and efficient Alpha 900 for use in delivering sensor suites of relevance to the ever-changing demands of conflict in various areas of operation.”

Alpha Unmanned Systems, SL is the leading Spanish manufacturer of small tactical helicopter unmanned systems. Weighing only 55lbs, the Alpha 900 helicopter UAV is renowned for its comparatively long autonomous flight time (up to 4 hours with up to 8.5lbs of payload capacity). The Alpha 900 helicopter UAVs are small fuel powered helicopters that take-off and land automatically on moving platforms. Alpha’s helicopter UAVs have been acquired by customers in 9 countries on 4 continents and are used for a variety of purposes, from maritime security to power line inspection, mapping, and precision agriculture.

Alpha’s CEO, Eric Freeman, states, “Alpha is delighted to support the US Government and is pleased that its reliable products fulfill the demanding requirements for this project. We hope to build a long-lasting relationship with the US Government and to help other Spanish companies with cutting-edge technologies enter the world’s largest and most important technology marketplace.”