USAF Adds 8 New Companies to Combat Networking Contract

 In U.S. Air Force, Defense, Air, Forces & Capabilities

Eight more com­pa­nies are get­ting the chance to join the Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System, bring­ing the total number of par­tic­i­pat­ing firms to more than 50.

The Air Force added ARES Security, AT&T, Centauri, Cogniac, NanoVMs, Pacific Defense, SRC, and Systematic to an open-ended con­tract under which com­pa­nies could each receive up to $950 mil­lion. Each is pitch­ing hard­ware and soft­ware that can crunch data and con­nect the Air Force’s com­put­er sys­tems, air­craft, and weapons faster and with fewer bureau­crat­ic hur­dles.

“These con­tracts pro­vide for the devel­op­ment and oper­a­tion of sys­tems as a uni­fied force across all domains,” span­ning air, land, sea, space, cyber­space, and the elec­tro­mag­net­ic spec­trum, the Pentagon said in a July 31 contract announcement. The fund­ing pot ends in May 2025.

The service is testing how the tech­nolo­gies could inter­act during peri­od­ic combat sim­u­la­tions at var­i­ous Air Force bases. The next two demon­stra­tions, fea­tur­ing U.S. Space Command, U.S. Northern Command, and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, are slated for late August and early September.

“In the USSPACECOM and USNORTHCOM onramp, ABMS-pro­vid­ed sys­tems will con­nect sen­sors and fires from ships, sub­marines, ground troops, air­craft, and com­mer­cial satel­lites to shoot down sim­u­lat­ed bombers, cruise mis­siles, unmanned vehi­cles as well as negate tar­gets in other domains,” the Air Force said in a July 31 release. “In the USINDOPACOM onramp, ABMS-pro­vid­ed sys­tems will begin to enable loca­tion and plat­form-agnos­tic com­mand and con­trol and infor­ma­tion avail­abil­i­ty at the tac­ti­cal edge in the Pacific.”

The Air Force plans on spend­ing around $300 mil­lion to test and devel­op battle man­age­ment tech­nolo­gies next year — up from $8 mil­lion in 2020 — and about $3.3 bil­lion on the new net­work over the next five years.

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