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Target Arm Secures United States Air Force Contract to Propel Autonomous Systems Advancement

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Enhancing Air Force Autonomous Systems with Sensor Fusion Engine (SFE) for Greater Precision, Efficiency, and Extended Operational Range

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - May 13, 2024 - PRLog -- Target Arm, a pioneering force in robotics and autonomy, renowned for its innovative Tular drone launch and recovery system designed for dynamic mobility, proudly announces its latest milestone. The United States Air Force, through its AFWERX directorate, awarded Target Arm a coveted Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 contract today. Titled "Enhancing Air Force Autonomous Systems with Sensor Fusion Engine (SFE) for Greater Precision, Efficiency, and Extended Operational Range," this contract signifies a major stride in advancing aerial autonomy capabilities.

At the heart of this endeavor lies Target Arm's innovative Sensor Fusion Engine, a cornerstone product among its repertoire which also includes the Tular device for seamless drone launch and recovery on-the-move, the Wrap-Around Flight Controller, and the Maestro Mission Controller. This collaboration between Target Arm and the United States Air Force not only signifies a strategic alignment in technological innovation but also reaffirms Target Arm's commitment to advancing the forefront of robotics for the betterment of national security.

Jeff McChesney, the visionary CEO of Target Arm, expressed his enthusiasm about this collaboration: "The Department of Defense and numerous commercial entities are increasingly recognizing the unparalleled precision and localization capabilities offered by our Sensor Fusion Engine. With sub-millimeter accuracy, our SFE addresses a critical need within the drone industry, empowering military and commercial users alike to precisely track their drones relative to their surroundings. We are witnessing remarkable interest across various sectors, particularly with Air-Air Refueling, where our SFE is poised to help revolutionize autonomous drone operations."

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

About Target Arm

Target Arm is the leading robotics and autonomy provider for drone launch and recovery systems while on-the-move. Combining Tular device's extreme precision localization hardware with our Sensor Fusion Engine, and our Wrap Around Flight Controller and our Maestro Mission Controller, Target Arm enables new mobility solutions for both military and commercial customers (Army vehicles, C-17 Arsenal Aircraft, convoy defense, package delivery, Oil & Gas inspections, energy, wind farms, police, fire fighters, etc.). Target Arm is a graduate of the 2020 Air Force Accelerator Powered by Techstars and the 2020 Endless Frontier Labs Accelerator, and was selected as a Most Fundable Company in 2020 by Pepperdine Graziadio Business School (from 4500+ competitors). For more information, visit

About Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

The Air Force Research Laboratory is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 12,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit


As the innovation arm of the DAF and a directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory, AFWERX brings cutting-edge American ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups to address the most pressing challenges of the DAF. AFWERX employs approximately 325 military, civilian and contractor personnel at six hubs and sites executing an annual $1.4 billion budget. Since 2019, AFWERX has executed 4,697 contracts worth more than $2.6 billion to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base and drive faster technology transition to operational capability. For more information, visit:

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