US Air Force awards supersonic drone contract to Exosonic

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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Direct to Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to Exosonic, Inc. to develop low boom supersonic uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator. According to a company news release, awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's AFWERX, the contract is in partnership with Air Combat Command and the […]
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Direct to Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to Exosonic, Inc. to develop low boom supersonic uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator.

According to a company news release, awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's AFWERX, the contract is in partnership with Air Combat Command and the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate.

"Exosonic is excited to develop the first purpose-built supersonic UAV to aid the USAF in its pilot training mission," the company said.

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As noted by the company, еhis vehicle will demonstrate technologies directly relevant to Exosonic's quiet supersonic airliner and build a short-term path to revenue.

Norris Tie, Exosonic's CEO, says, "Our vision at Exosonic is to fly people supersonic everywhere with our airliner designed to fly supersonic overland with a muted sonic boom. The supersonic UAV work is critical to our company's strategy due to how much we'll learn about designing, manufacturing, and maintaining supersonic airplanes with our first UAV products. The UAV is also important to our company's longevity. It will provide profits that we can funnel back into our company and give investors, suppliers, and customers confidence that we can deliver supersonic aircraft to the…
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