Tag Archives: Air Force

BETA Technologies Gets USAF Airworthiness Approval for ALIA Electric Aircraft

BETA Technologies ALIA flight simulator

BETA Technologies has received airworthiness approval from the U.S. Air Force for its electric vertical aircraft. The approval allows the company to begin operating its manned ALIA electric aircraft under the AFWERX Agility Prime Program that uses government resources to rapidly deploy new platforms to help broaden technology transition pathways and advance dual-use markets.

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Peraton Secures $360M Air Force IDIQ Contract to Support Minuteman III ICBM System; Tom Afferton Quoted

Tom Afferton Peraton

Peraton announced on Wednesday that the company has received an 18-year, $360 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Air Force to continue its work performing software analysis and testing for the Minuteman III ICBM System. "For more than 45 years, Peraton has proudly partnered with the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense to support the Minuteman III systems," said Tom Afferton

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Saab Completes Indiana Facility for T-7A Trainer’s Aft Fuselage Work

T-7A Red Hawk jet trainer

Saab has finished building a new site in West Lafayette, Indiana, that will accommodate aft fuselage production work for the T-7A Red Hawk jet trainer the company is developing with Boeing. The Boeing-Saab team designed the Red Hawk trainer platform for the U.S. Air Force and won a $9.2 billion contract in September 2018 to manufacture the aircraft as replacement to the service’s fleet of T-38 trainers.

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General Atomics-Built MQ-9 Reaper Flies With Electronic Support Measure Payload; J.R. Reid Quoted

MQ-9 Reaper

The U.S. Air Force performed flights of the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft equipped with the Reaper Defense Electronic Support System and a digital recorder in Europe through remote split operations. RDESS is an electronic support measure payload that provides MQ-9 with electronic sensing capability by gathering and geolocating signals of interest from standoff ranges, while the digital recorder collects multispectral targeting pod data to further develop machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.

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Air Force CIO Lauren Knausenberger Named to 2021 Wash100 Award Recipients for Leading Innovation, IT Modernization Efforts for USAF

Lauren Knausenberger CIO U.S. Air Force

Lauren Knausenberger, deputy chief information officer for the Department of the Air Force, has received the most coveted honor in all of government contracting (GovCon) for her leadership and drive for innovation to advance the service branch’s information technology (IT) modernization efforts and overall digital transformation of the USAF’s technical capabilities. 

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DOD Tests Counter-sUAS Systems From Three Companies; Neil Thurgood Quoted

Lt. Gen. Neil Thurgood Army

Boeing's Aurora Flight Sciences subsidiary, XTEND and ELTA North America participated in a Department of Defense-led demonstration initiative for technologies designed to counter enemy's small unmanned aircraft systems. The U.S. Army said Wednesday its Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office worked with the Air Force and the Joint Counter-sUAS Office to host tests at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona from April 5 to 9.

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GovCon Expert Jill Singer Receives Sixth Wash100 Award for Demonstrating Leadership with AT&T, FirstNet & Driving 5G Technology

Jill Singer GovCon Expert

Jill Singer, vice president of Defense and National Security for AT&T’s public sector business and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) program, has received a 2021 Wash100 Award for driving the advancement of 5G capabilities in the federal and commercial sectors as well as leading FirstNet’s expansion across the U.S. military services. 

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Mike Madsen, Deputy Director and Strategic Engagement Head at Defense Innovation Unit, Inducted Into 2021 Wash100 for Driving Commercial Partnerships; IT Tech Capabilities

Mike Madsen Deputy Director Defense Innovation Unit

Executive Mosaic is honored to introduce Mike Madsen, deputy director and director of strategic engagement at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), as a recipient into the 2021 Wash100 Award for his leadership, innovation and success to drive commercial technology and partnerships to advance IT capabilities for both sectors. This marks the first Wash100 Award for Madsen.

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Akima Subsidiary Secures Spot on Potential $835M USAF Aircraft Maintenance Contract; Scott Rauer Quoted

AKIMA

An Akima subsidiary has won a seat on a potential 10-year, $835 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force for aircraft support services. Under the Rotary Wing Maintenance Contract Consolidation IDIQ, Akima Logistics Services will provide helicopter maintenance operations to support operational and training missions of the service branch.

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Northrop, Air Force Conclude Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Integrated Baseline Review

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force completed the integrated baseline review for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile program under an engineering and manufacturing development contract awarded in September. The review involves the establishment of schedule and cost baseline, risk identification and development of mitigation plans within the first 180 days of contract award.

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