Guiding FVL Contracting Solutions to Meet Timelines in Support of Army & Unified Land Operations
Working Collaboratively with the U.S. Government to Develop and Transition Innovative Vertical Lift Technologies
Key Challenges in Rotary Wing Aircraft Survival to be Met for Increased Performance and Survivability of Army Aviators
Training Combat Quality Rotary Aviation Professionals to Fortify Navy Global Reach
Enhancing the Rotary Fleet of the CZE AF with Increased Modernization
Designing, Developing, Delivering and Supporting Advanced Aviation Capabilities for Operational Commanders and Allies
Building the Army and FVL of the Future: Driving Modernization Efforts for Army Acquisition
The Army is dedicating significant resources to helicopter modernization and has increased its budget by 20% over the past year to $1.1 billion for FY21. Future Vertical Lift (FVL) is one of the army’s “big six” modernization programs outlined in October of 2019, and, it’s funding will be pulled from the total $106.6 billion in RDT&E funding requested to support these six initiatives. Furthermore, the DoD plans to invest a total $4.7 billion in vertical lift, including FVL, from FY20-24.
To learn more about where and why this funding will be used to support FVL initiatives, DOWNLOAD our FY21 budget infographic.
In Part I of this infographic series, we explored the key investments and strategic priorities of the DoD’s helicopter modernization approach, the Future Vertical Lift Program. As exciting as these modernization efforts are, at $1.1 billion total, they represents only a fraction of the $56.9 billion the DoD plans to spend on Aircraft Systems in FY21.
Though the DoD is investing more in RDT&E than ever before, the bulk of this funding will be devoted to modifying and maintaining its existing airborne fleets to ensure air dominance in FY21 and beyond. In FY21, the DoD plans to invest over $7.32 billion in the acquisition of over 50 new military helicopters and related systems. In addition, $1.4 billion of this funding will be devoted to the development of new capabilities and solutions designed to optimize the lethality, sustainability & survivability of existing helicopter fleets. For more on where exactly this funding is going and why, DOWNLOAD this infographic to experience our full FY21 Military Helicopters Budget Breakdown.
Understanding the drivers of vertical lift modernization is key to informed decision making about the trade-offs involved in future investment options. This analysis, by Gabriel Coll and Andrew Hunter of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, looks at how the United States arrived at vertical lift modernization’s current state through past investments.