A preview of Future Vertical Lift was showed on Tuesday. This is supposed to give great contribution to future battlefields. These helicopters are special as they utilize an unmanned aerial system. Though this concept is not unheard of, it would be way more advanced by the time it’s completed. The army also keeps improving other aircraft, including the AH-64 Apache helicopters.
Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said that the Future Vertical Lift should be developed in a way that it can keep up with the changing times. Technology keeps evolving at a fast rate, which means what exists today will probably be outdated in the next 20 or 30 years. “Where is the technology that 10, 20, 30 years from now is going to make us the most lethal force on the battlefield?,” he said. The technology will consist of a number of aircraft. They’re all managed by an unmanned aerial system.
This kind of weaponry is not only efficient, but also lethal as it offers high precision. Another thing it might be capable of doing is launching attack on radars systems, which can be hard to intercept. Future Vertical Lift will also feature an assault helicopter with better protection, of course. The aircraft that make up the system will also have an open system. This provides more flexibility during operation.
One official said that aviation had always been a significant part of the US Army, so they wanted to make necessary changes and improve the technology since the air domain is difficult. Two firms have been chosen to design demonstrators in 2014. The first one is Textron Inc.’s Bell Helicopter, responsible for the creation of the V-280 Valor. The second one is Sikorsky, which has come up with the SB>1 Defiant. According to the officials, there will be a lot of challenges to make it happen, like finding the right schedule, setting a budget, etc.