The Navy awarded four prize challenges for the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Expeditionary (MUX) November 21 to nine vendors for their mission payload design concepts.

A team from the Multi-Mission Tactical UAS program office (PMA-266) coordinated these four mission payload prize challenges, each totaling $1 million, to obtain information, performance capabilities, and technical data on mission system payload technologies that will inform the development and acquisition strategy for the MUX program, the Marines future ship-based UAS.

The following companies received awards in the amounts of $700,000 for first place, $200,000 for second place and $100,000 for third place:

MUX Data Relay Payload Prize Challenge:

  • 1st: The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona
  • 2nd: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
  • 3rd: Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, California

MUX Airborne Early Warning (AEW) Payload Prize Challenge:

  • 1st: Telephonics Corporation, Farmingdale, New York
  • 2nd: Piasecki Aircraft Corporation, Essington, Pennsylvania
  • 3rd: Bell Textron Inc. / Sierra Nevada Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas

MUX Electronic Warfare (EW) Payload Prize Challenge:

  • 1st: L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Herndon, Virginia
  • 2nd:General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego, California
  • 3rd: Piasecki Aircraft Corporation, Essington, Pennsylvania

MUX Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Payload Prize Challenge:

  • 1st: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration, Inc, Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 2nd: Piasecki Aircraft Corporation, Essington, Pennsylvania
  • 3rd: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego, California