The Army’s New Multi-Million Dollar Drone Base


Landing at Fort CampbellThe Army has issued a solicitation for a contract to build a new Unmanned Aerial Systems Complex at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The base is currently home to 101st Airborne Division and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The 160th is a special operations unit that provides helicopter aviation support for special operations forces. Apparently, the runway and facilities (pictured below) used by the 160th are not sufficient enough for the fleet of drones.

From the solicitation: The proposed contract will be to construct an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Complex to include a standard design company operations facility with covered overhead storage, a tactical equipment maintenance facility, organizational storage, hazardous waste and oil storage, and organizational vehicle parking. Additionally the project shall include the completion of a taxiway and runway extensions on either end of the runway. Work also includes information systems, fire protection and alarm systems, Intrusion Detection System (IDS) installation, and Energy Monitoring Control Systems (EMCS) connection.

Sustainable Design and Development (SDD) and Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05) features will be provided. Supporting facilities include extensive phasing of the site development with on-going contractor for the FY12 Phase IUAS Hangar Complex, utilities and connections, lighting, paving, parking, walks, curbs and gutters, storm drainage, information systems, landscaping and signage. Heating and air conditioning will be provided by self-contained systems. Measures in accordance with the Department of Defense (DoD) Minimum Antiterrorism for Buildings standards will be provided. Special construction includes sustainable construction features complying with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “Silver” for each facility and site. Access for persons with disabilities will be provided. Comprehensive building and furnishings related interior design and audio visual design services are included.

Fort Campbell

Total price tag for the new drone base: Between $10 and $25 million.

H/T to Mark Thompson at Battleland

Photo: The first two MH-60M Blackhawks assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) arrive at Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 2. (Photo courtesy of 160th SOAR)

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