The U.S. Air Force awarded $49.3 million worth of software work to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

The deal is structured as an order under an existing contract. It covers software development for the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft — a heavy version of GA-ASI’s original Predator.

“This contract provides for tasks necessary to develop, field and sustain Air Force Special Operations Command and Air Combat Command MQ-9 software development,” said a statement from the Pentagon. Work will last through January 2020 and will be performed in Poway.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio awarded the deal, announced Jan. 26.