Northrop Grumman has been awarded almost $37.3 million to provide continued support services for the US Army's fleet of RQ-5 Hunter unmanned air systems.

Detailed in a 22 January contract notice, the deal "will provide for the modification of an existing contract to supply logistics and engineering support" for the Hunter, the US Department of Defense says.

To run until 14 January 2014, the contract will cover the provision of services at Northrop's Sierra Vista site in Arizona, and will also be associated with Hunter systems being operated by the US Army in Afghanistan.

The type's capabilities are being gradually assumed using General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Gray Eagle UAS: a development of the US Air Force's armed MQ-9 Reaper.

Source: Flight International