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USAF begins Bandit build
The US Air Force (USAF) has begun building an unmanned ‘Aggressor' aircraft, dubbed Bandit.
The Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate (AFRLASD) announced the event on 9 March, saying it has awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to Blue Force Technologies to develop the system to support adversary air (ADAIR) training missions.
“Under the Bandit programme, Blue Force Technologies, a small aerospace and defence company based in North Carolina, will mature a high-performance unmanned air vehicle design that pilots of [US] Air Force fighter aircraft can use to train against. The air vehicle is a part of a proposed autonomy-based system providing adversary air training for [US] Air Force, [US] Navy and [US] Marine Corps fighter crews at greatly reduced costs compared to current manned capabilities,” the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio said.
Blue Force Technologies (BFT) and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have successfully completed a ground test for a novel carbon fiber composite propulsion flow path system for BFT’s Fury uncrewed fighter under the AFRL Bandit program...