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A.I.

Amphibious version of C-130J aircraft in the works for the U.S. Air Force, built using VR and AI modeling - News

September 27, 2021

U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND -- HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) -- together with the Air Force Research Lab's Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation (AFRL-SDPE) directorate -- is currently developing a variant of the venerable C-130J "Super Hercules" aircraft: an MC-130J Commando II Amphibious Capability (MAC) to improve the platform's support of seaborne special operations. 

Unmanned

Sensor from Collins Aerospace flies initial operational mission on RQ-4B Global Hawk UAS - News

September 20, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. Collins Aerospace reports that the U.S. Air Force (USAF) recently completed its first RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned aerial system (UAS) operational mission carrying the Collins Aerospace MS-177 multi-spectral imaging (MSI) sensor.

Cyber

Cyberspace and IT support pact worth $600 million signed between USAF Central Command and Trace Systems - News

September 16, 2021

VIENNA, Va. Cybersecurity and communications firm Trace Systems won a single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract worth $600 million to provide the United States Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT) deployed missions in the continental U.S. and Southwest Asia with communications and information technology systems, integration, installation, and operations and maintenance support. 

Radar/EW

Sensors for U-2 planes from Collins Aerospace get nod from U.S. Air Force - News

September 08, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. Collins Aerospace has won an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) sustainment contract for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) U-2 reconnaissance aircraft program with a ceiling value of $493 million to support the USAF’s installed U-2 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors.

Radar/EW

Hypersonics program between U.S. & Australia moves forward - News

September 07, 2021

WASHINGTON. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) made progress on the joint U.S.-Australia effort to develop an air-breathing hypersonic cruise missile, with the USAF issuing round-two contract options to Boeing and Lockheed Martin as the next step of the so-called Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment (SCIFiRE), and an additional separate contract with Raytheon.

Unmanned

Air Force, Special Forces competition chooses JetPack Aviation to compete in VTOL challenge - News

August 11, 2021

VENTURA, Calif. JetPack Aviation announced that its Speeder VTOL [vertical takeoff and landing] platform was chosen by the AFWERX High Speed VTOL (HSVTOL) Concept Challenge -- launched in partnership with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) -- which is aimed at fielding research, development, and testing, and procurement contracts to produce aircraft for the USAF.

Radar/EW

Hypersonic aircraft and propulsion in development with Air Force and Hermeus - News

August 06, 2021

ATLANTA, Ga. The U.S. Air Force is investing in the Hermeus Corporation, a United States-based aerospace company, via a $60 million jointly funded contract intended to accelerate the development of hypersonic aircraft and propulsion systems.