New Vertical Lift Capabilities Take Flight During Demo
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January 24, 2020 - by Thomas Brading for army.mil
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Army secretary along with senior Army officials joined industry leaders earlier this month to get a closer look at cutting-edge capabilities for future vertical lift ahead of the fiscal year 2030 goal to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk.
Developers from Bell Textron, a Texas-based aerospace manufacturer, demoed their part-aircraft, part-helicopter -- Bell V-280 Valor -- to leaders who will ultimately choose the force's newest chopper.
In addition to the Valor, another helo mock-up, the Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant, is expected to flex its muscles and show further airlift capabilities next month at Sikorsky's facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.
As far as competing companies, "they're addressing the issues of specific characteristics that we're looking for -- whether it's power or speed," said Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy at the event.
The demo was part of the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstration, or JMR-TD, where Bell, along with the duo of Sikorsky and Boeing, have respectively put together aircraft to provide data.
JMR-TD is an acquisitions push designated as an Army Capability Enabler, or ACE, with investments made by industry partners.
Moreover, the JMR-TD is intended to show military leaders how next-generation possibilities can provide future joint force ground commanders with the flexibility and asymmetric options multi-domain battlefields may demand in the years to come.
Whichever aircraft is eventually favored as the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, or FLRAA, will be required to have speed and power, as mentioned by McCarthy, as well as blending airplane-like speeds with helicopter-like maneuverability.
Until then, McCarthy said, "we're going to fly it before we buy it. We're not going to buy a billion-dollar PowerPoint slide."
Once selected, the aircraft will need to maintain 100% maximum continuous power, medical evacuation capabilities, and per guidelines, have the ability to perform a 500-foot per minute vertical rate of climb.
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