GA-ASI Selected for Further Skyborg Vanguard Development

Photo © AFRL: A Skyborg conceptual design for a low cost attritable Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).03.08.2020 North America
GA-ASI Selected for Further Skyborg Vanguard Development

GA-ASI Selected for Further Skyborg Vanguard Development

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The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) has awarded multiple indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts to The Boeing Co., General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems, Inc., and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. 

Skyborg is an autonomy-focused capability that aims to integrate attritable, autonomous unmanned aircraft with open mission systems to enable manned-unmanned teaming. According to the AFLCMC’s press release, this program will provide a “game-changing capability to the warfighter.” 

“We appreciate the opportunity to continue work on the Skyborg Vanguard program. We are always looking for innovative, affordable ways to significantly increase USAF capabilities that address new mission challenges,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI.

GA-ASI was one of four companies selected for further support to the program. These initial awards establish a vendor pool that will continue to compete for up to $400 million in subsequent delivery orders under the Skyborg Vanguard Program.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar.

With more than six million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas.


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