SOCOM Could Purchase 'Armed Overwatch' Aircraft in 2022

Depending on the results of an upcoming demonstration, Air Force Special Operations Command may begin procurement of a replacement for its U-28A Draco manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform in fiscal year 2022, said the head of the command Feb. 16.

The replacement platform, known as Armed Overwatch, is envisioned as a commercially available, multi-role airplane that is capable of operating with a small logistics footprint in austere regions, said Lt. Gen. James “Jim” Slife.

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