WEAPONS PLATFORMS

Air & Space

Alion designs, develops, and modernizes a range of advanced aircraft and spacecraft platforms, using our leading-edge technology, in-depth operational experience, and national security expertise.

SECURING U.S. DOMINANCE IN THE AIR

The need for American military dominance above the ground — and above the Earth — is now more critical than ever. As national security leaders work to quickly evolve military capabilities in air and space, Alion stands ready with proven platforms and technologies to help the U.S. regain the lead.

We have supported air and space programs for the DoD — from inventing the “snow white” coating used on spacecraft to designing and producing unmanned future concept vehicles — for more than 40 years. And, since the initial charter for the Space Technology Evaluation & Assessments (STE&A) activities in 2004, Alion has provided the operational expertise to understand new warfighter needs as well as generate potential concepts of employment and capabilities driven by technology. Our technical and engineering expertise covers the entire lifecycle of these essential military systems, from concept through to sustainment.

OUR AIR & SPACE SOLUTIONS

DESIGN & ENGINEERING

Our engineers analyze, design, develop, and maintain various air and space systems— from complete platforms to integrated weapon systems to secure, emerging technology solutions.

CYBER
SECURITY

With a dedicated cyber development and integration lab, we support complete weapon systems cyber security, including certification, accreditation, acquisition, and protection.

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LOGISTICS & TRANSITION

We offer logistics design and technology transition solutions to help clients manage acquisition, sustainment, and modernization processes and achieve maximum readiness.

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DEVELOPMENT PLANNING

Alion provides development planning for air and space weapon systems, including open system architecture maturity, joint capability integration, and business or materiel analysis.

FEATURED WORK

FULL LIFECYCLE WEAPON SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

We work closely with program managers and engineers of all USAF fighters and bombers — including the F-35 — to identify enhancements for each lifecycle phase and acquisition milestone. From air worthiness, reliability, and qualification testing to cybersecurity and system safety, we develop engineering analysis and assessments for fighter/bomber airframes as well as systems and subsystems.

As part of this work, we have mitigated serious challenges stressing the fighter-bomber communities, such as spare parts availability, sustainment of aging fleets, lagging B-1/B-52 mission capability (MC) rates, decreasing F-15D/F16D MC rates, decreasing B-1 inherent MTBF, and the upcoming B-21 development. Building on our ISR work, we also standardized processes to determine failure modes, reliability metrics, and levels of repair to analyze and develop supply, maintenance, transportation, risk, cost, and training plans for an overall Life Cycle Sustainment Plan.

Our SMEs also evaluate system and platform architecture, assess security controls implementation, analyze assessment results, and document residual operational risks in support of Risk Management Framework (RMF)Platform Information Technology (PIT) Assessment and Authorization activities, most recently achieving a 3-year full Authority to Operate for the MC-130J aircraft. In building Information Support Plans (ISP), we have supported numerous programs, including the MC-130J Common Terrain Following/Terrain Avoidance Radar System (MCTF) Implementation. We created DoDAF architectural views and products to ensure these system platforms comply with the DoD’s Net-Ready Key Performance Parameters.

WEAPON SYSTEMS CYBER SECURITY

We implement cyber security into the design and development of every weapon system throughout its acquisition lifecycle. Our SMEs analyze and report cyber security risks to weapon system platforms in support of Platform Information Technology (PIT) Certification and Accreditation, IAW Risk Management Framework requirements. We have provided numerous products to ensure these system platforms comply with the DoD’s Net-Ready Key Performance Parameter, including support for the MC-130J Common Terrain Following/Terrain Avoidance Radar System (MCTF) Implementation, for which the Alion team delivered its Platform Information Technology (PIT) Determination Package and Cybersecurity Strategy.

MEET OUR BUSINESS LEADERS

Terri Walker-Spoonhour, Senior Vice President
Terri Walker-Spoonhour is an Alion senior vice president and leader of the Distributed Simulation Group (DSG), where she is responsible for a $250M portfolio of programs and capabilities delivering agile engineering, sustainability, logistics, modeling, simulation, training, analysis, aviation and weapon systems, and IT solutions.

To learn more about Alion's air and space solutions, contact us today.

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