15/06/2021

Broad agency announcement for promising technologies

Researchers ask industry for military technologies in artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned aircraft – Link

Source: Military & Aerospace

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  • U.S. military researchers are asking the defense industry to develop revolutionary enabling technologies for land, sea, air, and space applications that would put U.S. forces far ahead of any potential adversaries.
  • Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., issued a broad agency announcement (HR001121S0029) for the Redefining Possible project.
  • Potential U.S. adversaries such as Russia and China have developed ways to counter today’s U.S. military systems that are built around exquisite, monolithic integrated systems. Instead, DARPA researchers want to develop revolutionary system architectures that are separate, dispersed, disruptive, and that instill doubt in U.S. adversaries.
  • DARPA experts want to identify promising technologies and move them quickly to the next phase of research and development. Technologies should improve resilience, responsiveness, range, lethality, access, endurance, and affordability to enable new joint force warfighting concepts.
  • Unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) have been used widely, and adversaries have developed countermeasures that have compromised the effectiveness of UCAVs and stealth technologies.
  • DARPA is interested in systems to counter the proliferation of advanced integrated air defense system (IADS) technologies like extremely capable surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles.
  • As a result, DARPA researchers are interested in new enabling technologies that provide survivability for next-generation unmanned aerial systems; use distributed and disaggregated systems to reduce reliance on small numbers of exquisite platforms; enable timely delivery of targeting data; advance aircraft propulsion capabilities; machine autonomy to minimize the risk to human warfighters; and design and development tools to develop and field systems quickly, such as model-based systems engineering, multi-dimensional optimization, and additive manufacturing.
  • Initial contracts will be worth less than $1 million each, and several contracts are expected. Companies interested have one year to respond, and should submit proposals no later than 10 June 2022 to the DARPA BAA Website at https://baa.darpa.mil. Email questions or concerns to DARPA at HR001121S0029@darpa.mil.
  • More information is online – link
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