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USAF announces three Vanguard Programs for advanced technology

The US Air Force has announced three new Vanguard Program to develop and field advanced technology rapidly. One of them is in the navigation satellite field. Photo: USAF

The US Air Force recently announced the Vanguard Program as part of its transformational science and technology 2030 strategy for the next decade. Vanguard programs will rapidly advance emerging weapon systems and warfighting concepts through prototyping and experimentation. With these programs, the Air Force aims to deliver game-changing new operational capabilities that provide warfighters with superior advantages on the battlefield in the next decade.
The Vanguard Program was launched with the selection of three initiatives:

  • Golden Horde,
  • Navigation Technology Satellite 3
  • Skyborg

Research execution and transition of these programs will be managed by a new, provisional Transformational Capabilities Office under the Air Force Technology executive officer. Air Force Program Executive Offices (PEOs) were designated to develop and execute acquisition strategies for each individual program. The PEOs for these first three programs are Golden Horde PEO Weapons; NTS-3 PEO Space and PEO Agile Combat Support; and Skyborg PEO Advanced Aircraft.
“Vanguards will transform our warfighting capabilities and change the way we fight and the way we employ air and space power. These are game-changing technologies that will challenge what our opponents think about us, how they react to us, and ultimately pull them off their game plan. Vanguards will help us do that.” said Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., commander, Air Force Materiel Command.
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