Military Embedded Systems

UAS contract signed between AFWERX, RapidFlight


June 03, 2024

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

UAS contract signed between AFWERX, RapidFlight
Image courtesy U.S. Air Force/RapidFlight

MANASSAS, Va. Uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) designer/manufacturer RapidFlight signed a contract worth as much as $10 million with the U.S. Department of the Air Force (DAF) AFWERX Autonomy Prime program to develop and produce a customizable, autonomous, fixed-wing aircraft system known as the SPX.

"This contract will enable the DAF to explore RapidFlight's digital engineering process and its modern development approach to produce customizable aircraft with novel technologies critical for national security," stated Mike Uffelman, director of growth and customer programs at RapidFlight.

For the first phase of the 36-month contract, RapidFlight is set to design SPX UASs for developmental test and evaluation at the AFWERX Autonomy Prime Proving Ground, a cutting-edge facility designed to facilitate swift and iterative testing and development of autonomous UAS technologies.

Subsequently, RapidFlight will conduct a contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) demonstration of the SPX to the U.S. Air Force at RapidFlight's flight test facility in Virginia. The contract also calls for RapidFlight to provide comprehensive operations and maintenance training for SPX to Air Force operators.

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