Armed Forces News

The Marine Corps is asking industry to come forward with ideas for a light unmanned aerial vehicle system capable of flying in swarms and attacking material and personnel targets. The description was published Nov. 17 request for information (RFI) on beta.sam.gov, the government’s contract-opportunities web site. It details the service’s desire to one day field an Organic Precision Fire-Infantry (OPF-I) Light system that can be transported and set up by two Marines in full combat load, and loiter around a combat zone for up to 90 minutes. It should be interoperable with current government-issued controllers, radios and antennas, be impervious to improvised explosive device (IED) jammers, and have a range of up to 20 kilometers (roughly 12.4 miles). At this point, the Quantico, Virginia-based Marine Corps Systems
Command wants to review industry’s ideas for such a system. Any requests for proposals or contract awards would come at a later date. The Marines want to see all suggestions by Dec. 18.