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he Secretary of Defense established the Future Vertical Lift Initiative in 2009 to focus all DOD vertical lift capabilities and technology development. With Congressional interest in the future plans for United States vertical lift, a Joint effort conducted a Capabilities Based Assessment, and developed a Science and Technology Plan. The Joint effort culminated in the creation of The Future Vertical Lift Initiative: A Strategic Plan for United States Department of Defense Vertical Lift Aircraft. As 80% of the decision points (extend, retire, new start) for today’s vertical lift fleet occur within the next 10 years, development begins now to enable DOD to begin replacing the current aircraft in 2030. The Future Vertical Lift Initiative is led by an Executive Steering Group, co-chaired by the J-8’s DDFAS and the OSD(AT&L) Dir of Land Warfare and Munitions.
The Future Vertical Lift Initiative
The FVL Strategic Plan provides the necessary foundation to replace 6200+ vertical lift aircraft across DOD for the next 50+ years.
▪ Forces in the field, Congress, SecDef & Industry identified a need ▪ All Services, SOCOM, USCG, Joint Staff, NASA, OSD participants ▪ Joint ICD in staffing; prepping for MS A activities ▪ Joint Resourcing Strategy in development ▪ Army-led, Joint Technology Demo funded contracts let to: ▫ Mature concepts & technologies ▫ Reduce risk Next step: ▪ Contracts for flying demonstrators
Joint from inception Common, reliable systems and sub-systems across the DoD fleet More capable speed, range, payload, endurance & situational awareness
The Future Vertical Lift Initiative
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The Next Generation of Vertical Lift Aircraft to The Joint
About The Future Vertical Lift Initiative
Elements of the FVL Strategy
1 Decision-Based Plan of Execution 2 Early Joint Requirements Development 3 S&T Plan that Aligns Technology Development
Decision-Point Based Execution
DP 1: Decide whether to invest S&T/R&D to Develop, Mature and Reduce Risk for New Technologies and Systems DP 2: Decide which alternative provides best capability to the Warfighter: New Start, SLEP or Upgrade
with Warfighter Needs and Acquisition Decision Options 4 Multi-Role Family of Aircraft 5 Common Systems and Open Architecture 6 Industry Partnership / Interaction
Implementation of the FVL Strategic Plan will impact Vertical Lift Aviation operations for the next 50+ years
▪ DOD will transform its vertical lift fleet by developing a family of Joint, advanced capability vertical lift aircraft that meet future Joint operational requirements across the spectrum of conflict with initial fielding in the 2030 timeframe. ▪ Future Vertical Lift Goals: ▪ Provide the Joint Force with transformational vertical lift capabilities across the spectrum of operations. ▪ Maximize the impact of available resources across the Department to ensure timely fielding of necessary Warfighting capability through commonality among platforms, timely demonstration of critical current and emerging technologies and continuous coordination of the efforts of all stakeholders. ▪ Ensure preservation and continued development of the government/industry/ academic S&T community and industrial producers of materiel solutions, to include technology and industrial base community such as designers, developers, and suppliers, necessary to support the FVL strategy.
Based on historical lessons learned, FVL Initiative developed and used a new Joint Capability Portfolio Management Process
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Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC)
▪ Self-formed in 2010 to provide the government broader visibility and access to leading vertical lift technology, and to provide Consortium members a better understanding of Warfighter requirements. ▪ Comprised of traditional and non-traditional, large and small businesses, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations from across the spectrum of vertical lift. ▪ Entered into an Other Transaction Agreement with the government to streamline the RDT&E process and to facilitate rapid development of prototype systems.
For more information, visit: http://www.ivertical-lift.org