Future Vertical Lift

Future Vertical Lift

Northrop Grumman is supporting the U.S. Army as they modernize their aviation fleet. Together we are ensuring that all future and enduring platforms are lethal and survivable in the Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) environment.

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What is Future Vertical Lift?

Whether performing transport, logistics, strike or reconnaissance duties, rotary wing and vertical lift aircraft greatly multiply the effectiveness of ground forces. They are a critical combat multiplier as well as a lifeline in austere environments. Future Vertical Lift (FVL) will transform the Army Aviation fleet, bringing faster, more lethal and more survivable aircraft to the battlefield.

The FVL effort includes the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA), the Future Long-range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and Advanced Unmanned Aerial Systems (A-UAS) for the Army, as well as the Attack Utility Replacement Aircraft (AURA) for the Marine Corps.

These new aircraft will require a fully integrated, open, safe and secure architecture that enables true multi-functionality of currently federated capabilities while providing the agility to rapidly iterate FVL’s mission  and survivability systems to outpace the threat.

conceptual illustration of top view of Future Vertical Lift

Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) Capable Mission Systems

Northrop Grumman is uniquely positioned as a provider of proven integrated, open, multi-domain capabilities. As a current provider for MDO-capable systems, we are investing in reduced size weight and power (SWaP) and increased lethality and survivability technology. We are also focused on critical interoperability across all mission system domains given the complexity of the FVL ecosystem. Our approach is inspired by the warfighter’s perspective and feedback, ensuring that the operational benefits are optimized for the end user.

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Verifiable Open Mission Systems Architecture

A critical enabler to Future Vertical Lift’s MDO capabilities will be an open safe and secure digital backbone. Using a software-defined, hardware-enabled approach to digital systems, our solutions can be integrated into a wide range of systems. This MOSA architecture was first instantiated in the UH-60V. Our experience with these proven systems is the foundation for what comes next.

Northrop Grumman’s modular open systems architecture (MOSA) gives customers the freedom to choose the hardware and software that best meets their needs, regardless of manufacturer. It also provides a lasting path to relevance, adding years of service over the lifetime of the aircraft.

Northrop Grumman, in partnership with the Army, is flying this fully integrated architecture today which enables rapid iterations of capability that outpace the threat.

illustration of concept for Future Vertical Lift

Proven Aircraft Survivability & Situational Awareness Experience

Experience and investment matter; Northrop Grumman’s proven mission systems architecture is ready for the demands of FVL. Northrop Grumman is the leading provider of aircraft survivability and situational awareness technology. We offer integrated survivability suite control that detect threats and protect aircraft – large and small fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and tilt-wing platforms – from advanced threats.

The self-protect family of programs includes Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM), Common Infrared Countermeasure Systems (CIRCM) and Guardian™.

The AN/ALQ-131(V) Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pod and the AN/APR-39E(V)2 Radar Warning Receiver/Electronic Warfare Management System maximize survivability by improving aircrew situational awareness via interactive management of all onboard sensors and countermeasures.

illustration of concept for Future Vertical Lift

Battle Proven Communications Navigation and Identification (CNI) Systems

As an industry leader in cutting-edge communications and advanced networking capabilities, Northrop Grumman’s CNI systems deliver over 27 fully-integrated communications, identification and navigation functions and are currently used across every branch of the Department of Defense.

The company’s signature low Size Weight and Power (SWaP) design and software defined nature of CNI enables the system to be easily integrated onto rotary wing platforms and upgraded to adapt to emerging mission demands while reducing overall lifecycle costs.

The CNI system significantly improves situational awareness and enhances overall mission effectiveness by enabling multi-level secure, fifth-to-fourth generation networked data sharing and unparalleled interoperable communications, navigation and identification capabilities.

Game Changing Capability to Address Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (FTUAS) Requirements

For FTUAS, the Army is seeking an easily deployable, expeditionary Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) system capable of persistent aerial reconnaissance for US Army Brigade Combat Teams and Special Forces/Ranger battalions. We are partnered with Martin UAV to design and offer a solution that addresses the Army’s FTUAS mission requirements.

Together, Northrop Grumman and Martin UAV are delivering an expeditionary, near zero footprint, flexible VTOL capability that is based on a platform deployed operationally today and that performed exceptionally well during recent Operational Evaluation events.  As the threat on the battlefield evolves, so will our capability,augmenting current capabilities and increasing functionality to meet and exceed the US Army’s current and future UAS needs.

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