Military Capabilities

US Air Force targets future capabilities and present platforms with ASAPTR

14 September 2017

Key Points

  • The US Air Force believes ASAPTR will develop technologies for a wide range of platforms
  • These include low cost UAVs, advanced structural concepts, and vehicle integration

The US Air Force (USAF) believes its new Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research (ASAPTR) programme and its flexible contract mechanism will apply capabilities to future and present platforms.

David Brown, USAF technical lead for ASAPTR, told reporters on 13 September that ASAPTR is a 60-month indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract under which the service plans to issue a large number of task orders. Brown said more than 100 task orders were issued in a five-year span under a previous programme called AVIATOR.

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