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Revolutionizing Air Dominance: Honeywell's Impact on CCAs

Revolutionizing Air Dominance: Honeywell's Impact on CCAs

Honeywell Defense: The Future of Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCAs) and Autonomy

In the ever-evolving landscape of defense and military technology, Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCAs) have emerged as a game-changer. These aircraft represent a revolutionary approach to augmenting the affordable mass necessary for modern warfare, emphasizing connectivity, data fusion, and the seamless integration of platforms and sensors. Honeywell stands at the forefront of shaping the future of CCAs and autonomy, underscored by our unwavering commitment to propelling these transformative initiatives and technologies forward.


The Foundation of the Future: Air Force's $6 Billion Investment in CCA Drone Programs:

Before we delve into Honeywell's role in advancing CCAs and autonomy, it's essential to recognize the significant strides that the U.S. Air Force is making in this field. A recent report by Defense Scoop highlights the Air Force's ambitious plans to allocate more than $6 billion to CCA drone programs over the next five years. This substantial investment underscores the growing importance of CCAs in enhancing national defense capabilities. It is a testament to the transformative potential that CCAs hold in modern warfare.


Honeywell's Leadership in Shaping the CCA Landscape:

At Honeywell Defense, we take immense pride in our pioneering role in the development and deployment of technologies that can CCAs. Leveraging our extensive investment in commercial Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) platforms in avionics, connectivity solutions, and autonomous systems, we are uniquely positioned as a key partner in delivering secure, robust, and highly autonomous CCA platforms with off-the-shelf products. Our commercially available UAS technologies have the right Size/Weight/Power/Cooling (SWaP-C) profile and can support everything from affordable engines, micro-VCS environmental control systems, auxiliary power units, generators, navigation & guidance systems, actuators, avionics, anti-collision radar, air turbine starters, wheels & brakes, and cybersecurity to name a few.


The Quest for More Powerful Engines:

Augmenting propulsion systems is essential to achieving the requisite speed, range, and responsiveness demanded by these future combat environments. Honeywell's legacy of advancing propulsion technologies continues, with substantial investments in cutting-edge engine solutions that are meticulously engineered to meet the evolving exigencies of CCAs.  Enhancing engine power is critical to advancing CCA mission capability, USAF recently identified a desired 3,000-8,000 lbs thrust range.  The Honeywell F-124 and TFE731 engines are commercially available off the shelf and meet these thrust requirements with opportunity for further optimization.

recent article in C4ISRNET highlights the U.S. Air Force's pursuit of drone wingmen, an initiative that resonates with Honeywell's dedication to CCAs. This concept seeks to bring together manned and unmanned aircraft, showcasing the growing importance of autonomous systems in modern air operations. These drone wingmen not only amplify the effectiveness of manned aircraft but also enhance the overall cost-efficiency of airpower.


Honeywell's Unwavering Commitment to Autonomy:

Our commitment to autonomy extends far beyond CCAs. Autonomy is a transformative force in the defense industry, empowering unmanned systems to undertake missions previously deemed perilous or too challenging for human operators. Our steadfast investments in advanced domains such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and autonomous systems uniquely position us as catalysts of innovation in autonomy. Our overarching objective is to deliver solutions that not only enhance the capabilities of CCAs but also expand the boundaries of unmanned systems, and rapidly provide the affordable mass of system capability to deter potential near-peer threats.

The future of Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCAs) and autonomy within defense is exceedingly promising, and Honeywell is proud to lead the charge in shaping these transformative trajectories. Our commitment to innovation, dedication to excellence, and unwavering support for our armed forces collectively serve as the bedrock upon which we continue to forge advancements once thought unattainable. Honeywell remains committed to providing our military with the tools and technologies required to maintain their rightful supremacy on the battlefield.

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Matt Milas
President, Defense and Space

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