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These Companies Will Work on R2-D2-Like Drone Helper for Air Force Pilots

Four defense companies have been selected to begin work on the U.S. Air Force’s Skyborg program, which aims to pair artificial intelligence with a human piloting a fighter jet.

The service chose Boeing Co., General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems Inc., and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. to move forward on the program; however, the companies will be competing for the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, estimated to be worth up to $400 million, according to an announcement.

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Prowler Bows Out After 48 Years

On March 8 Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Two (VMAQ-2) ?Death Jesters? was formally decommissioned at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. The ceremony also brought the operational career of the Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler to a conclusion after nearly 50 years of service and involvement in all major U.S. military operations since the final months of the Vietnam War.

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Northrop Grumman Looking To Offer Laser Weapon Capability For Army?s Short-Range Air Defense

Northrop Grumman?will offer the U.S. Army a weapons platform, including a laser of undisclosed strength, hoping to satisfy the service’s need for a short-range air defense (SHORAD) system that can knock helicopters and drones from the sky.

The Army is readying a potential proposal request by the beginning of 2022, company officials said?Monday.

The company is currently set to deliver the command and control (C2) capability for the Army?s interim maneuver (IM) SHORAD, planned to field in 2022, and said it is interested in providing a weapons package for the eventual objective maneuver (OM) SHORAD the service wants by 2030.

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