Air Force to award SiAW contracts to select companies without competition

By Sara Sirota / March 17, 2021 at 12:47 PM

The Air Force has chosen five companies that may receive contracts without full-and-open competition to field Stand-in Attack Weapon technologies on an accelerated schedule, according to a notice released today.

The Air Force is looking to rapidly prototype SiAW and deliver leave-behind assets within five years, the notice states. The service has found Boeing, L3Harris, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are the only companies capable of developing and integrating advanced technologies within this timeframe.

SiAW is a variant of Northrop and the Navy’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range and will be flown on the F-35 in anti-access/area-denial environments. The weapon will have a new warhead, electronic safe and arming fuze, universal armament interface and anti-radiation homing.