US Air Force Research Lab selects Booz Allen and Ball Aerospace for $200M avionics cybersecurity contract


Booz Allen Hamilton and Ball Aerospace has won positions on a $200 million multiple-award contract to help the Air Force Research Laboratory develop technologies to avoid a cyber attack on military avionics systems.

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US Air Force Research Lab selects Booz Allen and Ball Aerospace for 200M avionics cybersecurity contract The companies’ research will include cyber assessment and testing tools, cyber-hardening technologies, resilient cyber protections, and open-system architectures (Picture source: ASSECO)


The two companies will conduct research and development efforts with the goal of identifying and mitigating cyber vulnerabilities in aircraft electronics, the Department of Defense said on August 24.

The companies’ research will include cyber assessment and testing tools, cyber-hardening technologies, resilient cyber protections, and open-system architectures, AFRL spokesperson Bryan Ripple said. “The challenge that the ARPA program seeks to address is the AF need to rapidly and efficiently field enhanced war-fighting capability in order to maintain technological advantage in highly contested and consistently changing environments,” Ripple said.

Solutions developed under the ARPA program “will be applied to a wide-range of associated platforms that operate within diverse, contested environments,” Ripple noted.

 

Work under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract will also include prototyping system-of-systems architectures intended to accelerate mission system integration and fielding processes.

AFRL received three proposals for the project via a competitive acquisition and expects work to conclude on Aug. 23. 2028.

DOD noted that Booz Allen will perform services in Beavercreek, Ohio, and Ball Aerospace at Wright-Patterson AF Base.


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