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Transformational Air Mobility Systems

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Air Platform 

OBJECTIVE: Develop system level concepts for transformational air mobility operations, particularly airlift / cargo delivery, and develop designs for enabling elements of these concepts. 

DESCRIPTION: Air Mobility Command's (AMC) mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces. AMC provides airlift, aerial delivery and aerial refueling, and also plays a crucial role in providing humanitarian support at home and around the world. The fleet of C-17, C-5, and C-130 aircraft provide the bulk of the airlift / cargo delivery capability for AMC. These aircraft provide a range of capabilities that span much of the airlift needs. However, there is considerable opportunity to transform the ways and means for performing air mobility operations, and simultaneously address emerging new missions and threats, and increase capacity while reducing costs. AMC’s “Rapid Global Mobility Vision 2016-2035” provides a call to “find new and innovative means and methods to acquire new, and modernize existing, air mobility force structure and systems in a timely and cost-effective manner.” 

PHASE I: Proposal must demonstrate, as appropriate to the proposed effort, understanding and experience in the military or commercial airlift / cargo delivery market, a system level concept for modernization or transformation of the military air delivery enterprise, technical feasibility of the underlying elements and technology of this concept, understanding and experience in air vehicle development, experience to construction, testing, and delivery of production quality air vehicles. FEASIBILITY DOCUMENTATION: Offerors interested in submitting a Direct to Phase II proposal in response to this topic must provide documentation to substantiate that the scientific and technical merit and feasibility described has been met and describes the potential commercial applications. The documentation provided must substantiate that the proposer has developed a preliminary understanding of the technology to be applied in their Phase II proposal to meet the objectives of this topic. Documentation should include all relevant information including, but not limited to: technical reports, test data, prototype designs/models, and performance goals/results. Read and follow all of the feasibility documentation portions of the Air Force 19.2 Instructions. The Air Force will not evaluate the offeror’s related D2P2 proposal where it determines that the offeror has failed to demonstrate the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of an equivalent Phase I project. 

PHASE II: Refine system concepts for enhancing / transforming the military airlift / cargo delivery enterprise, to include air vehicles, cargo handling, and ground operations. Develop comprehensive conceptual or preliminary designs for the elements of this concept. Perform high fidelity system analyses to quantify capability, performance and cost and compare to existing operations. Identify and develop, as appropriate, enabling technologies, component, or designs for this revolutionary concept. 

PHASE III: The contractor will pursue commercialization of the various technologies developed in Phase II for potential commercial and government applications. There are potential commercial applications in cargo transport. 

REFERENCES: 

1. Rapid Global Mobility Vision. May 2016, Retrieved from http://www.airforcemag.com/DocumentFile/Documents/2016/Rapid%20Global%20Mobility%20Vision.pdf; 2. Owens, R.C., Theater Airlift Modernization: Options for Closing the Gap, Joint Force Quarterly 75, 30 September 2014, Retrieved from https://ndupress.ndu.edu/JFQ/Joint-Force-Quarterly-75/Article/577555/theater-airlift-modernization-options-for-closing-the-gap/.; 3. Owens, R.C., Shaping Air Mobility Forces for Future Relevance, Air University, Air Force Research Institute Paper 2017-1, January 2017, Retrieved from https://media.defense.gov/2017/Jun/19/2001765023/-1/-1/0/AP_2017-1_OWEN_AIR_MOBILITY_FORCES.PDF

KEYWORDS: Unmanned Aircraft, Mobility, Personal Air Vehicle, STOL, VTOL, Rescue, Transport, Automation 

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