USSOCOM orders long-lead components and parts for the SOF variant of the CH-47 Chinook multirole heavy-lift helicopter.
AFSOC shines a light on laser for Ghostrider and amphibious MC-130J
Attendees at the virtual SOFIC event this week (17-21 May) heard how Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is involved in various R&D programmes to enhance its future capabilities.
In his platform update, Colonel Ken Kuebler, USSOCOM Program Executive Officer for Fixed Wing, described his primary systems portfolio as four divisions: Airborne Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance and Non-Standard Aviation Systems Division; Mobility; Strike; and Silent Knight Radar/Futures.
Underlying all of the divisions is a Technology Insertion Team.
One representative technology being explored within the Strike division ...
Five teams take a share of the $19.3 million pot for Phase III prototype demonstrations.
French SOF take a do-it-yourself approach to drone development.
New equipment for French SOF is based on ideas from the coalface.
With near-peer adversaries snapping at their heels, US special forces face a more contested environment in future operations.
US special forces must leverage space, cyberspace and unmanned capabilities to operate in semi-permissive and potentially non-permissive environments.