US Air Force awards contracts to 4 industry teams to develop drones for Skyborg robotic wingman

Forbes has reported the US Air Force has awarded four US industry teams with contracts to develop unmanned air systems for potential use in the loyal wingman program, the news source said.

The Air Force Research Laboratory is developing Skyborg, a family of robotic air vehicles designed to work with manned aircraft in heavily contested airspace.

Air Force lab is leveraging autonomous vehicle technology to facilitate a new approach to air warfare. Skyborg is one of three vanguard programs the lab is funding to rapidly integrate cutting-edge technology and get it into the operational force.