Last Thursday afternoon, leaders deemed the first demonstration of a flying orb by AFWERX’s Agility Prime effort a success. The event was the first in a series of steps toward the U.S. Air Force fielding electric vertical takeoff and landing, or eVTOLs, by 2023.
Vertical Takeoff and Landing
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, San Diego, California, is being awarded an undefinitized contract action with a not-to -exceed ceiling of $262,336,248. The contract provides for the development, manufacture, and test of two vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (VTUAVs); production of six air vehicles; and spare parts in support of the VTUAV endurance upgrade rapid deployment capability effort. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Aerospace Systems Unmanned Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $42 million contract modification to convert eight Army Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Navy configuration. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.