DARPA seeks AIR proposals

On November 21, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) posted a request for proposals for AI Reinforcements (AIR). Abstracts are due by 3:00 p.m. Eastern on December 12.

DARPA seeks innovative proposals for the development of dominant tactical autonomy for multi-ship, beyond visual range air combat missions. Autonomy solutions will initially be developed and demonstrated on human-on-the-loop F-16 testbeds and then transferred to an uncrewed combat aerial vehicle. The Artificial Intelligence Reinforcements (AIR) program will create a dominant Artificial Intelligence (AI) air combat capability compatible with existing sensors, electronic warfare, and weapons within dynamic and operationally representative environments. AIR will also develop the processes needed to rapidly design, test, and deliver future iterations of AIR software products.

DARPA anticipates that successful performer teams will have recent, relevant, and significant experience and expertise in aerial AI system design and development with a proven record in algorithmic design, aircraft sensors, electronic warfare, and tactical combat operations. Successful performers must also have the ability to work in classified environments up to the TS//SAR level.

Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, and/or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Multiple awards are anticipated for each Technical Area (TA) totaling approximately six (6) performers in Phase 1, and up to four (4) performers in Phase 2.

Review the full AIR call for proposals.

Source: SAM

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