The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has named nine companies to develop and demonstrate conceptual designs for an uncrewed aerial system with vertical landing and takeoff, and long endurance leap-ahead capabilities.
The AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY initiative seeks to develop and flight demonstrate a VTOL aircraft that can be deployed and recovered from austere land locations without supporting equipment, DARPA said Thursday.
Awardees under the ANCILLARY program are:
- AVX Aircraft
- Griffon Aerospace
- Karem Aircraft
- Method Aeronautics
- Northrop Grumman
- Piasecki Aircraft
Each company will develop X-plane designs under the Phase Ia award and submit proposals for more detailed design work.
DARPA expects to conduct flight tests in early 2026.