The US Force has selected two companies, Anduril and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), to develop and test prototypes for the next generation of aerial warfare: the Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA).

The service made the announcement on Wednesday, April 24, marking yet another significant step forward in the high-priority program aimed at delivering a low-cost, adaptable unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to bolster air combat capabilities.

Redefining Air Combat: The Rise of the Collaborative Combat Aircraft

The CCA program envisions a future where intelligent, unmanned drones equipped with advanced sensors or weaponry seamlessly integrate with manned fighter formations.

This collaborative approach between Anduril and GA-ASI significantly expands the reach and firepower of combat units, potentially outmaneuvering and overwhelming adversaries.

“The CCA program redefines the future of aviation and will shape the USAF acquisition model to deliver affordable combat mass to the warfighter at the speed of relevancy,” said Mike Atwood, Vice President of Advanced Programs for GA-ASI, a company with a proven track record in unmanned aircraft systems.

GA-ASI Takes the Lead: Leveraging Experience for Efficiency

GA-ASI brings to the table their experience with the successful XQ-67A prototype, which completed test flights earlier in 2024.

This prototype embodies the “genus/species” concept championed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).