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Pentagon's Future Vertical Lift moves cautiously with analysis of alternatives

01 March 2017

The Pentagon's comprehensive Future Vertical Lift (FVL) rotorcraft programme is advancing at a careful pace, with officials planning a long analysis of alternatives (AoA) study before working through an initial acquisition.

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant, a participant on the Joint Multirole-Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD), a precursor to FVL, is to be powered by Honeywell's T55 engine. (Sikorsky-Boeing)The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant, a participant on the Joint Multirole-Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD), a precursor to FVL, is to be powered by Honeywell's T55 engine. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

The FVL, a notional group of five rotorcraft classes (each referred to as a capability set), is a new start programme in fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) and, although there is still no appropriated budget for 2017, there was funding to begin the AoA.

In late 2018 or early 2019 that study will provide its initial findings to inform leadership decisions regarding a 'Milestone A' movement into technology development, after which the government would select a currently unknown number of vendors for development contracts.



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