US Awards New Drone, Space Tech Contracts To Protect Industries Amid Pandemic - Pentagon

US Awards New Drone, Space Tech Contracts to Protect Industries Amid Pandemic - Pentagon

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 11th July, 2020) The US government has approved $84 million in contracts to protect unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), space technology and shipbuilding during the COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Defense said in a press release.

"As part of the national response to COVID-19, and to support the domestic small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) industrial base, the Department of Defense awarded contracts totaling $13.4M to five companies to sustain the capabilities of this critical domestic industrial base," the release said on Friday.

The funding also included a $15 million agreement with LeoLabs to ensure the continued viability of space surveillance phased-array radar capabilities to analyze spacecraft in low earth orbit viewed as essential to national defense.

The actions were taken to help retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the disruption caused by COVID-19 and to restore some jobs lost because of the pandemic, the Defense Department explained.