The next-generation battlefield has gone digital. The United States Air Force (USAF) is taking a major defensive leap into that new reality with its Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) initiative.
The U.S. Air Force plays a vital role to the rest of the U.S. military in providing airlift response, mid-air refueling, aero-medical evacuation and global air mobility support for military operations, as well as during humanitarian crises. To perform these missions, the Air Force depends on a variety of tanker and cargo aircraft including the KC-135, KC-10 and KC-46. However, in addition to these more traditional roles for the air fleet, the service is employing the aircraft more and more as flying communications nodes for the growing and ever-important mission of enabling Joint All Domain Operations (JADO) and Joint All Domain Command and Control, or JADC2.
Rise8 Inc., Tampa, Florida, has been awarded a $13,928,215 firm-fixed-price contract to provide the necessary expertise, support and structure to enhance and accelerate the management and product delivery of the Advanced Battle Management System category five applications. Work will be performed in Tampa, Florida, and is expected to be completed November 30, 2024. The award includes a base year plus three option years. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,483,739 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8612-21-C-5004).
The U.S. Air Force awarded a $950 Million indefinite quantity indefinite delivery contract to Los Angeles-based Silvus Technologies. Under the contract, Silvus will supply its so-called StreamCaster Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) radio systems to support the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) program. The company initally provided the MANET-based network during the military's Joint all domain command and control (JADC2) testing at a December 2019 exercise at Eglin Air Force base. Under the new contract, Silvus will provide additional StreamCaster MANET equipment to support future events.