C5BDI connects USAF AFWERX and Reno, NV small business for SBIR Phase I for an autonomous, amphibious (air-sea-land) aircraft capable of deployment virtually anywhere: land, water, ice, rural, urban, desolate environment, etc. This aircraft holds several key advantages over surface-based amphibious vehicles currently in military use and offers benefits to the USAF and broader federal space including: three modes of operation: aircraft, hovercraft, amphibious; real-time situational awareness enables HQ/command to make critical decisions to the mission; streamlined transport of critically injured on the battlefield without putting crewmembers at risk; capacity for VTOL, able to land on water, ice, and/or rough terrain; thrust vector control allows operation in most adverse weather conditions.

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