The US procures agricultural taildragger model-based aircraft for Armed Overwatch program

The contract is an Indefinite Quantity, Indefinite Delivery one, a type of contract that provides for an undetermined quantity of supplies or services over a fixed period. It includes a cost ceiling of a whopping $3 billion and delivery of up to 75 manned, fixed wing aircraft, with an initial program contract award of $170 million.

The new aircraft will address SOCOM’s need for a deployable, sustainable single-engine fixed-wing, crewed and affordable aircraft system. The aircraft will be used in irregular warfare operations and provide close air support, precision strike, armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), strike coordination and forward air controller requirements for use in austere and permissive environments.

“An important part of our Trusted Disruptor strategy is listening closely to combatant commanders’ needs, and responding faster than the evolving threats,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, L3Harris. “We want to deliver game-changing, modular solutions to U.S. special operators for their hardest missions, and Sky Warden does just that.”

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