Announcement Number: ACC-ADAIRUX-2022
Agency: Department of the Air Force
Office: Air Combat Command (ACC) Acquisition Management and Integration Center (AMIC)

The Commander, Air Combat Command (ACC), views ADAIR-UX as an opportunity to improve in-flight training for Combat Air Force fighter aircrew by increasing the quantity and quality of adversary air platforms. Simultaneously, this program will advance the technical maturation of ACPs while building aircrew trust in this class of vehicle. ADAIR-UX will also usher in an era of decreased fuel consumption and carbon emissions, as we seek to maximize credible high-end live-fly training while minimizing our impact on the budget and the environment.

ADAIR-UX is not just an air vehicle; it will be a synergy of six capability areas: the physical vehicle, missionized sensors and payloads, datalinks and computing, human-machine interface, autonomy, and “DOTmLPF-P” (Doctrine, Organization, Training, materiel, Leadership/Education, Personnel, Facilities, and Policy). To this end, ACC is requesting industry engagement to help government understand industry’s “art of the possible” in terms of an uncrewed, semi-autonomous, tactically-sized platform which can credibly replicate the capabilities of our pacing threats.

This announcement will establish an initial list of vendors who will be individually provided with a submission template to inform the government of their potential offerings in support of the technical areas described below. Upon receiving all the returned templates, ACC will convene a technical and security review to nominate a subset of vendors to receive a copy of the Rapid Prototyping Requirements Document (RPRD) for ADAIR-UX, which is meant to help those vendors refine their initial submission for a subsequent and more fully informed project concept. ACC will convene a second round of vetting, resulting in a set of invitations to present project concepts in-person to a government team at Langley AFB, VA currently planned for October 2022. The information provided to the government in this engagement will help inform our strategy for prototyping the ADAIR-UX capability in cooperation with the Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Office.

This 2022 TIM engagement has broad goals to increase awareness, stimulate collaboration, and seek alignment between industry’s Independent Research & Development (IR&D) innovation investments and DAF’s high-priority science and technology needs and corresponding acquisition sustainment roadmaps. Senior-level, top-notch Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from the AF are expected to participate, representing the AF Futures team at Air Staff, Air Combat Command, the AF Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), the AF Research Lab (AFRL) and several other agencies.

EVENT SCOPE

Shown here are some high-level depictions of ADAIR-UX taxonomies.

Quality

Attribute

             Rationale

 

 

AV.1 Physical Characteristics

a. Altitude – Typical fighter operating altitudes

Adversary platforms have the capability to operate at altitudes up to the commonly accepted upper physiological limit of fighter operations.

b. Airspeed – At least “high subsonic”

The ADAIR-UX platform must be able to train CAF aircrew on threat-relevant timelines for intercept pacing and decisions. 

c. Size

Similar to, but can be slightly smaller than, typical crewed air threats.  ADAIR-UX must be able to present a reasonably-sized platform for visual identification at a merge.

d. Size Weight Power and Cooling (SWaP-C)

SWaP-C must be sufficient to support threat-representative payloads and capabilities in terms of sensors, self-protection, and computing power.

e. Aircraft Signature

Threat-representative and augmentable.

f. Takeoff and Landing

Vehicles will perform conventional takeoffs and landings with weather limits commensurate with those of crewed Air Force fighter aircraft.

PARTICIPATION INTEREST

Please send your expression of interest with DD Form 2345 (Military Critical Technical Data Agreement) to – ACCAMIC.PKB.ADAIRUX@us.af.mil
Once your expression of interest is received by our planning team, you will be sent additional instructions on how to nominate your concepts. In these instructions, we will request you review the technical content of the projects you intend to nominate. We will ask you to specify the specific line items of the taxonomy, to aid us in assuring we have the right SMEs to meet with you. Our hope is that the topics nominated are clear text on technologies being addressed. As a heads-up, if we show an interest in your nominated topic, but do not see sufficient data relevant to selection consideration, we will contact your company identified point of contact.


Note: If you do not hear back from the planning team within one week, please resend the original email.

PLANNING SCHEDULE

For your situational awareness, we have developed high level schedule milestones to affect good deliberate planning for a potentially fruitful engagement at event week.


Please note dates listed are subject to change.

Thank you for viewing this announcement. We look forward to your favorable consideration to engage in this exciting government-industry technology dialogue!

Date Activity
19 July 2022
  • Industry responds to AMIC POC with initial contact information and DD Form 2345.
  • AMIC POC provides template to provide initial information on company and technical offering ISO ADAIR-UX objectives.
29 July 2022
  • Industry submits completed templates to AMIC POC.
  • Government will vet applicants for technical suitability and ability to accept/safeguard CUI data.
10 Aug 2022
  • AMIC POC will send approved vendors the ADAIR-UX RPRD as a basis upon which to refine and/or expand their technical abstract.
  • Questions regarding the RPRD will be accepted until 15 Aug; answers will be posted by 18 Aug.
26 Aug 2022
  • Industry abstracts (informed by the RPRD) due back to AMIC
  • GOV will select vendors to present their concept in person to a government panel at Langley AFB; notifications will be made by 8 Sep
12-13 Oct 2022
  • Execute ADAIR-UX Industry Engagement at Langley AFB, VA

 

DISCLAIMERS

1. COVID-19 – There are still uncertainties related to the pandemic that may affect the current plan to conduct this event as a face-to-face (F2F) engagement. State restrictions will be monitored closely and all health and safety protocols (masks and physical spacing) will be strictly enforced for an in-person event. Other options that may be considered include a hybrid form of F2F and virtual or one that is entirely virtual. Any updates will be posted to this page.

2. The government is not obligated to enter into a contract with any entity as results of IR&D collaborations from our dialogue. Data exchanges, as a result of these dialogue activities, follow restrictions of No Foreign Nationals (NOFORN) and International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR), and export control restrictions in accordance with Department of Defense Instruction 5230.24, Department of Defense Directive 5230.25, the Arms Export Control Act (Title 22, U.S.C., Sec 2751, et seq.), and/or the Export Administration Act of 1979 (Title 50, U.S.C., App. 2401 et seq.), as amended.

3. Government technical support contractors may be a part of the team of subject matter experts at the event; therefore, company-to-company Non-Disclosure Agreements may be necessary.

4. All unclassified company Proprietary Data and Intellectual Property will be treated as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) f.k.a. For Official Use Only. Some information we intend to share may be classified or unclassified and will not be approved for unlimited public release.

Dates and locations listed for this event are subject to change. Refer requests for additional documents and data to ACCAMIC.PKB.ADAIRUX@us.af.mil.