Base to Get New Workload for Predators and Reapers | Community Spirit
by Carmel Weed and Eric Armour
WR-ALC Partnering and Business Development Office
During the past few years progress has been made to bring new workload for the Predator/Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft to Robins.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base recently awarded a contract to General Atomics for the depot activation of the Air Force's Predator/Reaper unmanned aircraft.
The work has been split amongst all three Air Force depots as well as Tobyhanna Army Depot, Penn.
The inaugural stand up for all Predator/Reaper workloads will occur at Robins in fiscal 2014.General Atomics is the lead manufacturer in conjunction with its subcontractors L-3 and Honeywell.
General Atomics owns the battery portion and L-3 owns the Interim Modem Assembly, both of which are to be activated at Robins. Initial annual repair hours are estimated at 500, growing to 4,500 by fiscal 2016.
According to officials, this is the initial effort; more workload is expected in the future.