Leidos has been awarded a contract in the next phase of the U.S. Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Armed Overwatch aircraft prototype program.
The Leidos team, comprised Paramount Group USA and Vertex Aerospace, will advance its new aircraft known as Bronco II to the Phase III Operational Prototype Demonstration fly-off.
USSOCOM has selected Leidos as the prime contractor to compete for the final phase of the Armed Overwatch contract. The contract requires demonstrating a new prototype system evaluated against well-defined criteria.
“Superior technology is critical to USSOCOM’s mission and we are proud to support them through Bronco II,” said Gerry Fasano, Leidos Defense Group president.
“This advanced aircraft is designed to usher USSOCOM into the next generation of tactical warfare and deliver mission-critical tools to the warfighter. The Leidos team is excited to enter Phase III of the competition and proud to support SOCOM as it defends our nation across the world.”
Bronco II is a rugged, affordable and sustainable multi-mission aircraft built to meet the specific needs of special operations forces.
Designed to “roll-on, roll-off” standards, Bronco II can be rapidly disassembled, transported and reassembled in the field by a small crew. It features modular missions systems to enable rapid system changes, updates, additions, integration and removal.
The Bronco II aircraft will be manufactured in Crestview, Florida.