The Air Force announced on 29 September that AeroVironment Inc., Simi Valley, California (FA8694-20-D-0100); BAE Systems Controls Inc., Endicott, New York (FA8694-20-D-0200); Blue Force Technologies Inc., Morrisville, North Carolina (FA8694-20-D-0300); Fregata Systems LLC, St. Louis, Missouri (FA8694-20-D-0500); Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas (FA8694-20-D-0800); Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas (FA8694-20-D-1000); Autonodyne LLC, Boston, Massachusetts (FA8694-20-D-1100); NextGen Aeronautic Inc., Torrance, California (FA8694-20-D-1200); and Sierra Technical Services Inc., Tehachapi, California (FA8694-20-D-1300), have been awarded a $400,000,000 shared ceiling, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts for all subsequent competitively selected delivery orders in support of the Skyborg Vanguard Program.

These contracts provide for Skyborg prototyping, experimentation and autonomy development, used to deliver missionized prototypes in support of operational experimentation. Skyborg is an autonomous attritable aircraft capable of achieving a diverse set of missions to generate massed combat power. Work will be performed in various locations around the U.S., and is expected to be complete by July 2026. These awards were the result of a competitive acquisition and 18 offers were received. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.