The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded General Atomics a sole-source, $30.3 million contract for unmanned aircraft used in tests of a missile defense system. The Pentagon announced the award on Sept. 12.

Under the deal, GA will provide a company owned and operated MQ-9 Reaper aircraft, configured to Missile Defense Agency requirements.

According to the FedBizOpps.gov website, the aircraft will collect infrared missile track data and transmit that data to a Missile Defense Agency laboratory.

There will be two ballistic missile defense systems tests and five continental U.S. tests, according to the Sept. 12 announcement.

The deal covers a year of work, which will be performed in Albuquerque, N.M., Huntsville, Ala. and Tucson, Ariz.