Tempus to provide technical services and flight operations to USAF


Tempus Applied Solutions has been contracted to provide technical services and flight operations to the US Air Force (USAF) Weapons Development and Integration Directorate, (WDID) Platform Integration Function.

The deal covers significant engineering and electrical modifications, including the integration of an ultraviolet laser, telescope and advanced optical sensors for aviation systems.

Under the contract, the company will integrate the USAF's High-Altitude LIDAR Atmospheric Sensing (HALAS) system into a modified Gulfstream IV aircraft.

The laser-equipped sensor is capable of measuring, with great precision, atmospheric conditions well into the stratosphere.

Tempus CEO Scott Terry said: "Tempus is looking forward to working with the USAF on this project.

"This is a great opportunity to participate in a project that will provide critical insight into atmospheric conditions and its effect on next-generation aviation platforms. We hope to continue working on such programs with USAF in the future."

"This is a great opportunity to participate in a project that will provide critical insight into atmospheric conditions and its effect on next-generation aviation platforms."

Work under the agreement will be carried out at the company’s modification centre in Brunswick, Maine, US.

Upon completion of the sensor integration and airframe modifications, Tempus will support airborne testing of the USAF's ground-proven HALAS system.

Modifications will begin in June and continue through to September, with plans to begin flight operations in October.  

The company will also conduct 50 hours of flight operations and testing in the US and select oceanic areas. 

The contract is expected to generate total revenues of approximately $1.2m, according to the company.