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DZYNE to Provide Long-Endurance Program R&D Services Under AFRL Contract

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DZYNE to Provide Long-Endurance Program R&D Services Under AFRL Contract

Autonomous defense solutions provider DZYNE Technologies announced that it has won a $49 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for long-endurance program research and development.

DZYNE offers long-endurance programs designed to improve autonomous flight technologies. The programs support ultra-long endurance missions beyond conventional autonomous flight duration and include the integration of artificial intelligence-based command and control, DZYNE said.

According to Matt McCue, company president, the contract allows the DZYNE to expand its payload capabilities and integrate its propulsion systems to improve the military’s autonomous flight capabilities. 

The contract comes over a year after the company secured a separate contract from the AFRL.

In June 2022, the company secured an $89.4 million contract to develop an unmanned payload delivery system involving unmanned aerial vehicle swarms. Under the Small Payload Precision Air-Launched Inexpensive Delivery Systems contract, DZYNE was tasked with designing and prototyping a glider UAV, testing the shock attenuation method, and developing the software needed to demonstrate UAV swarm landing capabilities.

Work under the SPPAIDS contract is expected to be completed in July 2027.

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