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SRC lands $426 million Army contract to beef up defenses against small drones

By MARK WEINER | Syracuse Media Group | Published: July 24, 2020

Washington (Tribune News Service) — The U.S. Army on Friday turned to SRC Inc. of Cicero for help improving its defenses against small drones, awarding the company a contract worth up to $426 million over the next five years.

SRC will supply the Army with mobile systems that use radar, cameras, jamming technology and other sensors to detect, track, identify and defeat hostile drones on the battlefield.

The contract, one of the single largest in SRC’s history, represents the Army’s latest commitment to the company’s counter-drone technology.

The Army previously awarded three contracts totaling $195 million for SRC to develop the technology, manufacture and supply the systems.

SRC was the lone bidder for the new Army contract, Defense Department officials said. The Army will be able to order additional counter-drone systems on an as-needed basis through July 26, 2025.

The Army has identified small, slow and low-flying drones as an emerging threat to U.S. forces. Such drones are difficult to detect and can evade traditional radar systems.

The Islamic State used small drones for surveillance and to drop explosives in battles against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria.

SRC said the new contract will help sustain its growing workforce in Central New York. The company announced plans in 2017 to double its workforce by hiring about 1,000 new employees over five years.

The not-for-profit research and development firm employs about 1,100 people in offices across Central New York and about 1,650 worldwide.

The counter-drone systems will be built at SRC’s for-profit manufacturing arm, SRCTec in North Syracuse.

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