The Bronco II light attack and surveillance aircraft is being put forward for the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Armed Overwatch programme, it was revealed on 4 May.
Leidos is taking the position of prime contractor for the bid, with Paramount Group USA and Vertex Aerospace supporting the bid of the aircraft for the programme. Vertex Aerospace, formerly a business unit of L3 Technologies (now L3Harris), offers a variety of maintenance, through-life support, aerostructures fabrication, and aircraft integration services.
Additional partners for the platform include Leonardo DRS, Dynetics, Beast Code, Fulcrum Concepts, and Concord XXI aviation flight training.
Should the aircraft be selected, the consortium plans to manufacture it at a facility in Crestview, Florida, as part of efforts to maintain the ‘Buy American, Build American’ requirements of the US government’s procurement strategy.