The U.S. Army recently announced that it awarded two contracts to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. worth a total of $156.8 million.

Both cover the Gray Eagle remotely piloted aircraft, which is the Army version of GA-ASI’s Predator.

The first is an $86.6 million contract modification for logistics product support.

The second is a $70.2 million contract to develop software for the Gray Eagle. Also included is depot repair of related spares.

Work will be done in Poway.

A Pentagon announcement said funding for the software contract came from 2012 and 2013 budgets for research, development, testing and evaluation.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., awarded the deals.

— SDBJ Staff Report