U.S. Army May Create Different Types of Future Vertical Lift

Posted January 30, 2015 at 9:00am

Breaking Defense reports that “there were already going to be four different aircraft in the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) family, from light to medium to heavy to ‘ultra.’”  

“Now it’s almost certain that the medium FVL will be split into two separate versions: a smaller attack/reconnaissance aircraft and a larger troop-carrying assault craft. What’s more, the Army’s aviation chief said today, they might even end up using entirely different forms of propulsion, for example with one being a tiltrotor (like the V-22 Osprey) and the other being a “compound” helicopter with a pusher propeller and coaxial blades (like the Sikorsky X2).”  

“’Really, the medium category is going to be two aircraft with two capability sets,’ Maj. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker told an Association of the United States Army aviation symposium. The logic of splitting the medium lift category into different aircraft will be discussed Friday at a meeting of an FVL executive steering group that includes officers from all the armed services, Lundy added.”