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Radar/EW

Hypersonic flight test ends with rocket motor failure - News

August 02, 2021

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. The U.S. Air Force conducted its second AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) booster flight test. Officials claim that it did not meet all flight objectives, but that the test did demonstrate several first-time events as the program continues to track toward fielding a hypersonic capability in the early 2020s.

Unmanned

Counter-unmanned systems maker wins possible $950 million contract with U.S. Air Force - News

July 20, 2021

BOISE, Idaho. Counter-unmanned aerial system (CUAS) company Black Sage has won a $950 million ceiling, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract with the U.S. Air Force for the maturation, demonstration, and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains.

Radar/EW

Radar upgrade bid for F-15 aircraft awarded to Raytheon under potential $3.12 billion contract - News

June 11, 2021

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Raytheon Technologies -- Intelligence and Space Division -- was awarded a contract worth as much as $3.12 billion to build upgraded radar systems for advanced versions of the F-15 Eagle jet fighter, according to an announcement from the F-15 Division Contracts Branch, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio). 

Comms

SDRs using multinode network under development by Collins Aerospace for U.S. Air Force - News

May 18, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. Collins Aerospace (a unit of Raytheon Technologies) has been tasked by the U.S. Air Force with developing two software-defined radios (SDRs) that will connect and transmit airborne and ground radio data for the first time using a multinode network. The contracts are worth up to $21 million for the company.

Unmanned

Autonomy Core System aboard unmanned aircraft completes first tests - News

May 14, 2021

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. The 96th Test Wing took part in a series of flight tests using a 19-foot unmanned aircraft launched from Tyndall Air Force Base from April 29 to May 5. Inside the aircraft, the Autonomy Core System (ACS), identified as the “brain” of the autonomous aircraft, made its first three flights for the Autonomous Attritable Aircraft Experiment.

A.I.

Robotic dogs equipped with sensors and AI integrated at Air Force base - News

May 12, 2021

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. Teams within the Force Protection and Special Programs Divisions supplied and integrated the 325th Security Forces Squadron with four prototype Quad-legged Unmanned Ground Vehicles, sometimes referred to as ‘robotic dogs’. They are semi-autonomous robots that can provide surveillance and perimeter security in difficult terrain or in harsh or unsafe conditions.

Unmanned

Countering military drone swarm threats via directed energy - Story

May 05, 2021

As the threat of weaponized drone swarms continues to escalate for U.S. forces, defense planners are considering high-energy laser and high-power microwave countermeasures to combat the threat of these groups of unmanned aerial systems (UASs).