Johns Hopkins APL’s Precision Strike Mission Area delivers critical precision strike contributions, addressing tactical aircraft, kinetic and non-kinetic weapon systems, and end-to-end capability development and demonstration. Our work spans research and development of technologies supporting emerging capabilities, technical support to major acquisition programs, and close interaction with the warfighters who use these capabilities. Our experts address integrated strike development of end-to-end solutions from detection through engagement, electronic attack development of non-kinetic capabilities, and advanced development aimed at experimentation and prototyping.
AlphaDogfight TrialsAPL served as a core member of the Air Combat Evolution program team created by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the 2020 AlphaDogfight Trials, a showdown between eight AI research teams from across the United States.
Golden HordeAchieving networked, collaborative offensive weapons systems that will learn from their environment and autonomously work together to defeat integrated air and missile defenses.
Modeling Warfighter Decision-MakingWorking with technical consultants and the Navy fighter aircraft community, we created a pilot-behavior model for air-to-air combat.
Feb 17, 2022
Creating Coatings for Extreme Environments: From Solar Shields to Hypersonic Leading EdgesJohns Hopkins APL researchers are developing coatings that can stand up to the rigors of hypersonic flight in the upper atmosphere. The work leverages APL’s ability to produce custom materials solutions to solve hard problems that stand between success and failure on real missions.
Dec 8, 2021
In the Johns Hopkins APL-Built Colosseum, Competition Spurs AI InnovationThe first Operation Protovision competition features the debut of an APL-built simulation environment: the first prototype of the fully digital portion of a new live, virtual, constructive capability for weapon research and development dubbed "the Colosseum."
Jun 22, 2021
BOLT Experiment Readies for Final Flight in SwedenHeld off by the pandemic, the Boundary Layer Transition (BOLT) flight experiment team is preparing for a late-June launch campaign at the Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, Sweden.