Army Uses Alternative Contracting Vehicle for Missile Testing

June 14, 2019
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Prototype Intended to Increase Military’s Missile Testing Capabilities as New Ordinance Comes Online

ARLINGTON, VA – June 14, 2019 — The U.S. Army has awarded a $27,769,670 agreement to Photo-Sonics of Chatsworth, California to develop a prototype system to improve missile testing through remotely-operated, interoperable optical tracking for the Department of Defense Test Ranges.

Photo-Sonics of Chatsworth, California, will develop a prototype of the Multispectral Imaging & Tracking System (MITS) to track missiles. This new prototype consists of two different optical tracking systems: a Close-In optical tracking system and a Fly-Out optical tracking system for longer range imaging requirements.

“We are excited to be selected by the Army to develop a prototype tracking system for Department of Defense Test Ranges,” said Philip Kiel, president of Photo-Sonics. “If our prototype is selected by the Army, our MITS technologies will be used to upgrade our test ranges, giving our war fighters the opportunity to test all types of new ordinances.”

The prototype project was solicited through the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) Other Transaction Authority (OTA) vehicle, managed by the Arlington, Virginia-based National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL).

The Other Transaction for Prototype Authority is designed to encourage non-traditional Defense innovators to participate in the DOD acquisition process and rapidly develop prototypes for assessment. Under the terms of the agreement, Photo-Sonics will deliver an initial prototype by the end of 2020. After the prototype is completed, the Army may choose to develop additional units for further testing and possible deployment.

NSTXL offers a unique and simplified approach for companies that have technologies they want the Army to consider. NSTXL helps to rapidly transition technologies from innovators to the U.S. military, ranging from individual warfighter gear to large-scale defense systems.

About NSTXL – The National Security Technology Accelerator is a non-profit based in Arlington, Va. It is the essential Pentagon partner for rapidly delivering mission-driven systems and emerging technologies to the U.S. military.

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