DARPA selects Lockheed Martin for ACE programme
Lockheed Martin has been awarded an $11,7 million contract for the Air Combat Evolution (ACE) Technical Area 4 Phases 2 and 3.
The agreement includes the development of full-scale experimentation platforms capable of implementing the ACE algorithms and technologies.
The works will be carried out in Fort Worth, Texas and Tucson, Arizona, with an expected completion date of December 2023.
ACE is run by DARPA and aims to better inform pilots with group-level situational awareness and coordinated targeting responsibility.
ACE Technical Area 3 Phase 2, which focused on learning how to create a symbiosis between air battle managers and the AI-based battle management system, was run by Dynetics, a subsidiary of Leidos.
Dynetics developed a matured approach to battle management, where a single pilot can act as a commander for large-scale and collaborative air warfare.
Phase 1 carried out works on AI architecture design for large force battle management in a Mosaic Warfare construct.
More from Air Warfare
Poland to arm AW149 helicopters with Hellfire missiles
The 800 Hellfire missiles requested by Poland via a US Foreign Military Sale will equip the country's AW149 helicopter fleet, with a follow-on request likely to arm Apache helicopters and potentially other platforms.
Germany to adapt Airbus H145 helicopters for combat role
Reports suggest Germany has decided to buy Airbus H145 aircraft and modify them for armed operations instead of opting for upgraded Tiger attack helicopters.
Decision to delay UK's MQ-9B Protector programme cost £186 million
The Ministry of Defence's decision to delay the MQ-9B Protector programme by two years has cost the country £186 million, with total projected whole-life costs now at over £1.7 billion.
Poland to send MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine within days
Poland has pledged to deliver four MiG-29 jets to Ukraine in full working order, becoming the first NATO member to supply fighters to Ukraine. The Polish Air Force will replace them with FA-50 and F-35 jets.
Turkey considers ditching F-16 Block 70 request in favour of non-US alternative
Turkish officials are signalling dissatisfaction and contemplating abandoning plans to purchase F-16 Block 70s from the US as the deal stalemates, and the country faces hard economic decisions.