Northrop Grumman: Future Vertical Lift

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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.
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Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) Capable Mission Systems Image: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman positions itself as being uniquely positioned as a provider of proven integrated, open, multi-domain capabilities. As a current provider for MDO-capable systems, they are investing in reduced size weight and power (SWaP) and increased lethality and survivability technology. They are also focused on critical interoperability across all mission system domains given the complexity of the FVL ecosystem. Reportedly, their Vertical Lift 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 Image: Northrop Grumman

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, Northrop Grumman’s solutions can be integrated into a wide range of systems. This MOSA architecture was first instantiated in the UH-60V. According to Northrop Grumman, their experience with these proven systems is the foundation for what comes next.

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Proven Aircraft Survivability & Situational Awareness Experience Image: Northrop Grumman

According to Northrop Grumman, experience and investment matter; Northrop Grumman’s proven mission systems architecture is ready for the demands of FVL. Northrop Grumman claims they are the leading provider of aircraft survivability and situational awareness technology. They are said to 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.

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Battle Proven Communications Navigation and Identification (CNI) Systems Image: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman claims to be 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.

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