Remote Area Aviation Mobility (RAAM)


Focus Area: Unconventional Warfare, Counter-Insurgency SupportRemote Area Aviation Mobility

Description: The Remote Area Aviation Mobility (RAAM) project provides distributed, organic, and timely (1-2 hour response) aviation support flown by military pilots and maintained by military maintenance professionals. The capability is different than current aviation mobility in the battlefield by providing distributed organic aviation support that is tasked by the designated Special Operations Forces (SOF) Ground Commander. Ground forces are looking for lower profile, non-military aircraft that have some basic capabilities: short take off and landing, lift, emergency resupply, and CASEVAC. Project RAAM is a response to historical requests from SOF for lift. It is designed to explore how to provide ground forces with fast and ready access to flexible and agile air support, while still making it affordable, sustainable, and safe.

Project Cost: $2.480M

Project Duration: 24 months

Operational Impact: 

  • Short take off and landing, lift, emergency resupply, and MEDEVAC in a low profile (non-military) aircraft are the capabilities desired by the ground forces
  • Affordable and sustainable – considerably less than contract air

Performer: Combined Air Ventures LLC, Advanced Maritime Technology Center, Aviation Integration Directorate, Aviation Applied Technology Directorate

End Users: U.S. Special Operations Forces, ARSOAC, USASOC, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), SOCAF (Combat OPEVAL with SOCAFRICOM May 2012)

Transition: Upon completion, expecting transition to ARSOAC or NGB for further support to SOF components

Funding: Interagency (ASD/SOLIC for the Combat OPEVAL)