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URS Federal Services, Inc., Germantown, Maryland, has been awarded an estimated $3,600,000,000 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract with award fee and award term portions for remotely piloted aircraft services. Contractor will provide testing, tactics development, advanced training, Joint and Air Force urgent operational need missions. Work will be performed at Nevada Test and Training Range, Nevada; Creech Air Force Base, Nevada; and Tonopah Test Range Airfield, Nevada, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2034. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with four offers received. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,875,894 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity. (FA8240-17-D-4651).
 
Next generation drones?
Air deployed drone swarms?
Remotely piloted fighters?
Shifting drone piloting to civilian pilots instead of military?

The last two are bad ideas for a variety of reasons and highly unlikely for those very reasons. But all of the possibilities are interesting particularly for that amount of money.
 
Video game fliers apply. This will be for the sixth gen air superiority fighter as no pilot can withstand its potential g loading😀
 
The U.S. Air Force, and the other services, are very short on pilots, due to issues with pay, deployments, and other factors such as airline hiring demands. Rated pilots also got their panties in a wad from sitting at a console guiding drones instead of sitting in a cockpit burning holes in the sky. Hiring companies to handle non-operational needs like training or launching and landing UAVs puts more military in the operational seats.

https://aviationweek.com/defense/us-air-force-looks-inward-improve-pilot-retention

Chas
 

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