Technology company Leidos leads one of four industry teams competing to provide the Army’s Athena sensor aircraft. It’s a fierce rivalry because the winner will have an edge in defining the future of aerial reconnaissance for multi-domain operations. Each company– Leidos, L3Harris, Northrop Grumman and Sierra Nevada–has a different take on how Athena should be configured, but they all are offering modified bizjets that can fly higher, faster and further than the existing fleet of turboprops. The Leidos approach stresses company experience in integrating complex aircraft, operating secure networks and maintaining analytic objectivity on design choices. I have written an assessment for Forbes.com here.
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