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The Skyborg project is a United States Air Force Vanguard program developing unmanned combat aerial vehicles intended to accompany a manned fighter aircraft.[1] As of 2020, contracts have been awarded to Boeing, General Atomics, Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems and Northrop Grumman.[2][3]


On September 29, 2020, the US Air Force contracted nine corporations (AeroVironment, Autonodyne LLC, BAE Systems, Blue Force Technologies, Fregata Systems LLC, Lockheed Martin, NextGen Aeronautic, Sierra Technical Services, and Wichita State University) to work on Skyborg prototyping and experimentation.[4] On December 21, 2020, Voly Defense Solutions LLC of Concord, California, was added to the contract.[5]

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  1. ^ "Skyborg: the US Air Force's future AI fleet". Airforce Technology. 2019-08-28. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  2. ^ "4 Companies Move Forward in Skyborg Competition". Air Force Magazine. 2020-07-24. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  3. ^ Insinna, Valerie (2020-07-23). "Four companies win contracts to build the Air Force's Skyborg drone". Defense News. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  4. ^ "Contracts for September 29, 2020". U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  5. ^ "Contracts for December 21, 2020". U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. Retrieved 2021-01-27.