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Air Force Solicitation Details $300M Operator Capability Development Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory has released a hybrid advanced research announcement for the development of operator systems under an estimated $300 million acquisition effort.

A solicitation notice posted on SAM.gov says the program will explore technologies for implementation by AFRL’s airman biosciences, bioeffects, and warfighter interactions and readiness divisions.

Selected companies will be tasked to perform systems engineering, human systems integration, communication functionality and other research and development-related services encompassing technology readiness levels 5 through 7 in governmental and industrial settings.

Envisioned technologies up for R&D include capabilities intended to manage the health, performance and safety of U.S. Air Force and Space Force personnel, enable novel weapon systems for USAF and USSF missions, and increase the combat abilities of airmen and guardians.

Contractors can submit white papers for the first step of the ARA’s two-step open applications until Sept. 10, 2028, while the deadline for the program’s one-step targeted close calls will be announced in each call.

AFRL plans to issue multiple awards valued at between $50,000 and $20 million for the program.

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