Five Companies to Participate in Armed Overwatch Demonstration Written 18 May 2021


U-28A Draco fixed-wing aircraft takes off from Hurlburt Field, Florida., 18 October 2018.   | U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joel Miller); US Air Force; Public Domain

National Defense Magazine reports that the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) “will soon put five industry offerings through their paces as it searches for a new ‘Armed Overwatch’ aircraft to support commandos.” The command “wants a new platform to replace its U-28A Draco manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance plane. On May 14, SOCOM announced that it had awarded contracts totaling $19.2 million to industry teams competing for the program.” The industry teams are scheduled to demonstrate their platforms June 14-July 23 from Elgin Air Force Base.
Full Story (National Defense Magazine)