Army activates third multi-domain task force

The Army has activated its 3rd Multi-Domain Task Force, which will be located in the Pacific.

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Raytheon Technologies and its industry partner Northrop Grumman have been tapped to develop a new air-launched Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM) for the Air Force.

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Raytheon beat out Lockheed Martin and Boeing for the down-select for the HACM program. The companies had each done preliminary design work before the contract award to Raytheon was announced Thursday.

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Air Force Special Operations Command plans to add a variety of weapons to its C-130 transport aircraft as it looks for innovative ways to use its legacy platforms.

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Air Force officials have disclosed few details about the Raider, which is expected to be stealthy and capable of penetrating advanced enemy air defenses.

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Following several organizational changes within the Air Force in the last three years, it will be conducting a sprint to examine gaps and resources needed to achieve superiority in the electromagnetic spectrum.

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The Air Force plans to field new drones, or “collaborative combat aircraft,” to serve as force multipliers and keep pilots out of harm’s way.

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The Army awarded L3Harris and Raytheon phase 2 OTA contracts to develop sensors for the Multi-Domain Sensing System, and eventually, the High Accuracy Detection and Exploitation System (HADES).

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The Army is planning a critical operational test next year for its first brigade signals intelligence and jamming platform, with designs for a larger such system being bid by two companies.

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There has long been concern about the ability to replace equipment losses during a large-scale conventional war. A senior Air Force official believes autonomous systems and software could be part of the solution.

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The Air Force plans to develop “collaborative combat aircraft” in the coming years and link them with crewed systems.