A holistic and continuous approach to rapidly prototyping and scaling capable and secure commercial UAS technology for the Department of Defense.

Autonomy Portfolio

About Blue UAS

The ever evolving development of commercial UAS can benefit DoD and government users as commercial systems are updated and improved on a far faster timeline than traditional Programs of Record (POR). The Blue UAS effort, started in 2020, is a holistic and continuous approach that rapidly vets and scales commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology for the Department of Defense (DoD). This program consists of two  lines of effort that curate, maintain and improve a robust roster of policy approved commercial UAS to meet the diverse needs of DoD users. The military applications of these systems become more apparent each day  through observation of their tactical capabilities in contested battle spaces. 

Policy compliant commercial UAS, once vetted by the Blue UAS On-Ramp effort, do not require an Exception to Policy (ETP), reducing the administrative burden on end users. The Blue UAS program is not an exclusive path for government validation of UAS as POR and ETP is a valid means of acquisition. However, it is built with the intention of being the fastest and most cost effective method available for sUAS to be purchased within DoD. Blue UAS listing does not preclude the Government from purchasing any other UAS that are certified compliant by the purchasing Government organization. DIU does not define Government sUAS compliance standards or provide sUAS security or drone certification for such other efforts.

Blue UAS Cleared List

Blue Cleared List

A list of DoD approved drones providing options for the evolving mission needs of government users.  These drones are section 848 FY20 NDAA and section 817 FY23 NDAA compliant, validated as cyber-secure and safe to fly, and are available for government purchase and operation. It Includes sUAS platforms both commercial and bespoke.

Blue UAS Framework

Blue Frameworkmdpi

Interoperable, NDAA compliant UAS components and software that provide options for Government and industry partners. The Framework provides advanced capabilities to sUAS developers and reduces risk for government customers. It includes critical components, sub-components, modules & software for use in DoD applications.

Additional background

The first Blue sUAS project developed trusted, policy compliant small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for the broader Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal Government partners. This effort builds upon the U.S. Army’s sUAS program of record, Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR), for an inexpensive, rucksack portable, vertical take-off and landing sUAS. These systems share the SRR air vehicles' capabilities but integrate a vendor provided ground control system.

The next iteration of Blue UAS expanded the variety and capabilities of DIU vetted drones to provide DoD users compliant, secure sUAS. These systems were selected to include a variety of sizes, capabilities, price points, and flight modalities. Each system has undergone a cyber vulnerability assessment in accordance with the Risk Management Framework, is issued an associated Authority to Operate by DIU, and a FY20 Section 848 NDAA compliance check.  Additionally, we are introducing the systems to the service level airworthiness organizations to accelerate approvals.

This effort also proves out a repeatable administrative onboarding process called “Blue UAS On-Ramp” designed to reduce barriers to entry for commercial sUAS and create a more permissive acquisition process for DoD customers.  More systems will be added to the roster soon.

How to Procure Blue UAS

Procure secure, trusted UAS

The Blue UAS project makes commercial UAS available to DoD and Federal Government partners. There are several ways by which these systems can be procured:

  • Production-Other Transaction agreements: The successful completion of a prototype OT allows for a follow-on production OT to be executed with built-in sole source justification. A DoD organization can either choose to execute their own P-OTA with any one of the various Blue UAS options or provide funding to purchase quantities off of an existing P-OT sponsored by a different organization within the DoD.

  • GSA Schedule: Once approved as Blue UAS, systems may be listed on the GSA schedule along with accessories and payloads. Traditional methods for purchase through the GSA schedule include use of GSA Advantage for online purchasing.

  • DLA TLSP: The Defense Logistics Agency's Tailored Logistics Support Program provides a vehicle for purchasing certain systems through user contracting officials.  Visit the DLA site to learn more.

  • Common Hardware Systems (CHS): The Army’s CHS contract vehicle allows for purchase of Blue Listed platforms. 

How to Participate in Blue UAS

Information for Vendors

Requirements for addition to the Blue List:

  • A DoD sponsor with a bona fide operational or training need for the platform, defined as a DoD organization that is willing and able to fund the initial and ongoing platform NDAA compliance and cybersecurity testing, and intends to purchase the platform upon addition.

  • It offers a new capability or meets a need in a way not previously done.

  • It is not duplicative or have significant overlap with platforms already available.

Requirements to remain on the Blue List: 

  • Is there demonstrated end user demand-if DoD users aren’t buying it in sufficient quantity, then we have to make a resource allocation decision. 

  • Sufficient quantity of purchases dependent on use case.

  • Progress made on POA&M and any other issues addressed and acted on during the formal Quarterly review meetings. 

  • Continuous improvement and development of the platform, its capabilities, and components, in coordination with the Blue UAS CCB.

Criteria for removal from the Blue List: 

  • Sufficient quantity of purchases not made by DoD users. 

  • Capabilities no longer meet DoD needs / changing needs of DoD.

  • Cybersecurity issues not addressed within designated timeline, whether through inaction or inability.

  • Platform or critical components are End-of-Life, or will no longer be updated.

  • Significant changes are rolled out to Blue UAS configured platforms without formal approval by DIU.

Stay Connected

Questions

If you have questions about Blue UAS and some of the policies impacting commercial drone use in the USG and DoD, please reach out to the DIU Blue UAS team at blueuas@diu.mil.

Blue UAS Framework

Interoperable, NDAA compliant UAS components and software that provide options for Government and industry partners. The Framework provides advanced capabilities to sUAS developers and reduces risk for government customers. It includes critical components, sub-components, modules & software for use in DoD applications.

Name

Part Number

Type

Manufacturer

Hadron 640R

Hadron 640R

Camera

FLIR

IMVISIO-ML

IMVISIO-ML

Camera

Immervision

VOXL 2 Mini

MDK-M0104-1-00

Flight Controller

ModalAI

VOXL

-

Flight Controller

ModalAI

Blue Cube

HX4-06154

Flight Controller

CubePilot

Orange Cube

HX4-06160

Flight Controller

ProfiCNC

VOXL 2

MDK-M0054-1-00

Flight Controller

ModalAI

VOXL Flight Core

MDK-M0087-1-00

Flight Controller

ModalAI

Here 3

Here 3

GNSS Module

CubePilot

Here 4

Here 4

GNSS Module

CubePilot

ATAK DIU Blue UAS Tool Plugin

DIU Blue UAS version only

Software

Nett Warrior

QGC-Gov

-

Software

DIU