U.S. Air Force Awards Hypersonic Weapon Contract as Pentagon Continues Broader Development Efforts

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets AnalystForecast International.

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Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract worth up to $480 million for the conduct of a Critical Design Review and to provide test and production readiness support for the U.S. Air Force’s Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW, pronounced “Arrow”), one of the service’s ongoing hypersonic weapon development efforts.  The Air Force is obligating $5 million at time of award.  Contract work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed by November 30, 2021.     Continue reading

BAE Systems’ Semi-Autonomous Software Speeds Combat Decisions in Contested Environments

by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International.

Distributed Battle Management System. Photo: DARPA

BAE Systems recently announced the development of semi-autonomous software under the Distributed Battle Management program.  The DBM program of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency provides timely and relevant information to operators and pilots when communication is not assured so they can better manage and control air-to-air and air-to-ground combat in contested environments.  DBM technology enables pilots to continue operations when satellite communications and tactical datalinks are shut down – a likely scenario in the modern battlefield, and one that militaries are preparing for. Continue reading

Billions Going to DARPA’s Network-Centric Project

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Network-Centric Warfare Technology

Network-Centric Warfare Technology

Network-centric tactical operations are in full swing at the U.S. Department of Defense.  Forecast International projects that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will spend more than $1.86 billion on its Network-Centric Enabling Technology project over the next 10 years. Continue reading

U.S. to Spend Big Bucks on Network-Centric Warfare Program to Secure Battlefield Advantage

By Greg Giaquinto, Electronics Analyst, Forecast International.

Network-Centric Warfare Technology

Network-Centric Warfare Technology

With the arrival of the Information Age came the theory of network-centric warfare, which refers to a fully networked military force that can share information across all of its service branches and systems. The idea is that this interoperability will result in superior situational awareness and the ability to make quick decisions, providing a competitive edge during battle. Continue reading

On Integrated Phased-Array Electro-Optics – A Landmark Announcement

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

DARPAThe announcement of the successful manufacture of a viable non-mechanical, phased-array, electro-optical microchip as part of DARPA’s SWEEPER program is a landmark event. While phased-array technology has been available in radar (radio detection and ranging) devices for years, this is the first time that there has been a wide announcement of an electro-optic device (in this case, laser detecting and ranging, or LIDAR) demonstrating this ability on board an integrated microchip.

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DARPA Expected to Spend Big Bucks on Cyber Technology Project

By Greg Giaqunito, Forecast International.

Raytheon Working On ‘Plan X’ DARPA Cyber Networking Project

Raytheon Working On ‘Plan X’ DARPA Cyber Networking Project

Over the next 10 years, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is forecast to spend approximately $402 million on its Cyber Technology project, with funding averaging over $40 million per year from FY15 through FY18.  The Cyber Technology project develops technology to increase the security of U.S. military information systems and enhance the effectiveness of U.S. cyber operations.  With the Pentagon exceptionally interested in cyber operations, FI’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Intelligence Forecast reports that funding for this project will remain robust beyond 2024.

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