Navy to host AIRWorks MSAR tech demo

On January 12, the U.S. Navy posted a special notice for AIRWorks MSAR Technology Demonstration. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on February 25.

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) AIRWorks, in collaboration with IMPAX (NAWCAD’s partnership intermediary for experimentation, technology demonstrations, and prototyping), intends to accelerate the identification and evaluation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) capable of performing wide-area Maritime Search and Rescue (MSAR) missions from a surface vessel.

AIRWorks is especially interested in systems that do not require dedicated launch and recovery equipment, and can perform at long ranges for extended periods while relaying accurate rescue / relevant location information to the host vessel. More specifically, AIRWorks is interested in locating personnel adrift, downed airliners (e.g., finding debris, oil slicks, beacons), ships in distress, or other incidents at sea, through a variety of technologies (e.g., Artificial Intelligence (AI), Electro-optic, Infrared (EO/IR), Full Motion Video (FMV), Maritime Wide-Area Search (MWAS), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and Electronic Sensing (ES)).

Upon discovery of said Point of Interest (POI), AIRWorks is also interested in the relaying of data in a timely manner to the Command and Control (C2) parent in conditions in which Satellite Communications (SATCOM) may not be available.

NAWCAD will sponsor an at-sea technology demonstration in summer 2022.  This will be part of a multi-phased merit-based selection process for the potential award of an Other Transaction (OT) prototype project under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2371b.

Review the full AIRWorks special notice.

Source: SAM

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