SOCOM Announces Plans to Buy 75 ‘Armed Overwatch’ Planes
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February 5, 2020 - by Brian W. Everstine for airforcemag.com
US Special Operations Command is moving forward with its armed overwatch plan, independent of the Air Force's light attack experiment, inviting industry for a briefing on a proposal to buy an estimated 75 aircraft.
SOCOM will hold Industry days March 4-5 for the Armed Overwatch program, which will "provide Special Operations Forces deployable and sustainable manned aircraft systems" that will be used for "close air support, precision strike, and SOF intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in austere and permissive environments," according to a Feb. 3 announcement.
SOCOM plans to release a draft Other Transaction Authority prototype demonstration proposal, which gives the military a way to pursue research and prototyping outside of regular contracts, on Feb. 14.
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