The Georgia Tech Research Institute will provide $245.5 million in engineering, research and development for U.S. Air Force electronic warfare and avionics systems under a new contract announced July 9. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is one of the aircraft whose systems are included in the contract. (Photo: Airman 1st Class Taylor K. Walker, U.S. Air National Guard)
The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has received a $245.5 million, five-year contract from the U.S. Air Force to support national defense and mature advanced technology.
The award, announced July 9, is renewable for an additional five years for a total potential investment of $491 million.
“This award affirms GTRI’s growing value to our nation’s defense,” said Lora Weiss, interim senior vice president and director of GTRI. “As the U.S. faces increasingly more sophisticated technological threats from innovative and unconventional adversaries, this contract will expand GTRI’s ability to quickly apply its breadth of emerging and advanced technologies and leverage the creativity and expertise of a major university to solve critical national problems.”
The contract extends decades of partnership between GTRI and the Air Force’s Electronic Warfare & Avionics (EW&A) program office, which is responsible for supporting the hundreds of software systems installed on or supporting 60 different kinds of aircraft.
“GTRI delivers essential engineering capability across the mission of EW&A and provides a long-term, strategic relationship beyond just the EW&A program office to include other parts of the USAF,” said Col. James Wilson, the division’s senior materiel leader. “This contract will streamline the opportunity for the EW&A program office to leverage the capabilities of GTRI across USAF.”
GTRI has been a designated Defense Department University Affiliated Research Center since 1995, capitalizing on the research institute’s expertise in electromagnetics and materials technologies, systems engineering, modeling and simulation, threat systems research, sensors and weapon system analysis, cybersecurity, and test and evaluation.
GTRI’s 2,000-plus engineers, scientists and support staff offer technical and subject-matter expertise to identify and mature technologies, and develop operational prototypes to meet warfighter needs.