06 - FCT Experiences

Report
Navy & Marine Corps
Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems
PMA-263
Foreign Comparative Test
Experience
April 2014
PMA-263 Advanced Development IPT
Dr. Jennifer Prentice
Michael Svecz
PMA-263 Portfolio
Small UAS Family of Systems
PROGRAMS OF RECORD
RQ-7B Shadow
RQ-11B Raven B
RQ-21A
NON-PROGRAMS OF RECORD
Wasp III
Wasp IV
RQ-20 A Puma
ISR Services
RQ-16B T-Hawk
ScanEagle
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PMA-263
AdvancedAircraft
Development
SmallPMA-263
Tactical Unmanned
Systems
Objectives
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PMA-263
Payload Transition Strategy
• Acquisition Strategies: POR Requirements, S&T
(RIF, TIPS, SBIR, FNC, etc.), COTS, GOTS,
RDT&E, FCT, JCTD, DAC, CWP
• Test Strategies: Contractor T&E, Government
Developmental Testing/Operational Testing, FCT,
JCTD, DAC
• Contracting Strategies: POR Prime Contract
Vehicles, SBIR Phase II/III, Rapid Innovation Fund
(RIF), FCT Contracts
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FCT Project for Small Tactical UAS
MTI Sensors
• Moving Target Indication (MTI) Technology
- PicoSAR Radar Payload – SAR/GMTI
» Selex ES (UK)
» Insitu Pacific (AUS)
- Kestrel MTI Software – Video MTI
» Sentient (AUS)
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Key Focus Areas for Success
• Forge Partnerships
• Well Planned and Executed Contracting Strategy is
Essential
• Contracting Delays can be Considerable
• Comprehensive Test Planning
• Who, What and Where Identified Early
• Testing with Operational Units can be Challenging and Requires
Attention to Detail
• Alignment of Procurement Requirements and Testing is
Important
• Testing in support of POM Issues requires advanced planning to
ensure schedules align
• Availability of Foreign Products can often lead POM funding
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Benefits of the FCT Program
to PMA-263
• Expands S&T Strategies to Allow for the Evaluation of
Applicable Payloads and Technologies Available from Foreign
Suppliers
• Provides a Source of RDT&E Funding to Adapt and Test
Available, Often Competing Payload Technologies
- Provides the Indirect, Added Benefit of Competition to Domestic
Sources, Effectively Encouraging IRaD Investments
• Excellent “Bang for the Buck” for FCT Funding
- Experience has Shown Considerable Company Dedicated In-Kind
Investments Once an FCT Project is Approved
• Potential for Accelerated Fielding
- Avoiding Domestic Development Will Pull Schedules to the Left
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THANK YOU

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