Military Capabilities

US Air Force hopes pitch day commercial matching will attract programme office funding

26 November 2019

Key Points

  • The USAF is seeking commercial investors to provide additional funding for Phase 2 of the SBIR programme
  • The service believes this will inspire USAF commands to bring their required funding for Phase 3 and bring these technologies to fruition

The US Air Force (USAF) hopes that the commercial matching funding it has pursued for small business pitch day technologies will incentivise its programme offices to invest in these capabilities.

The service has embarked on a series of pitch days for different efforts such as hypersonics, space, or the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme in order to better harness the speed and capabilities of smaller businesses.

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