US-Hubschrauberprogramm "Joint Multi-Role"/"Future Vertical Lift"

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U.S. Army Issues RFI For FARA Mission Suite

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/ ... sion-suite


Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Request for Information - FARA Mission Systems
Information Sought: The FARA PM requests information on mission systems for qualification and integration on the FARA aircraft.

The responses to this RFI and subsequent Industry Day will inform trades analysis and the program strategy for the FARA Program of Record (PoR). The Government is seeking qualification, performance, integration, supportability, and affordability information for candidate mission systems. The Government is particularly interested in solutions that:
  • Generate minimal aerodynamic interference (drag reduction)
  • Centralize capabilities into a multi-functional component (weight/power reduction)
  • Utilize hardware agnostic software (weight/power reduction)
  • Adhere to open architecture standards for evaluation in open architecture environments. This includes standard and modern high-speed data bus interfaces (e.g. gigabit Ethernet, ARINC 664, Time Triggered Protocol, Time Sensitive Networking) and support for software loaded on an aircraft mission computer (e.g. FACE standard Platform Services Segment Software component). Systems should be described at the physical and interface level in a model-based representation (e.g. OMG SysML, SAE AADL, CAD)
  • Adhere to cybersecurity requirements such as confidentiality, integrity, and availability
  • Can be integrated into the FLRAA aircraft for commonality
FARA Mission Systems Domains
  • Sensors: Sensor systems and fused sensor systems capable of providing pilotage through a solid state staring array covering 360 degrees in degraded visual environments (DVE), day/night air and ground targeting at close, mid, and extended ranges to maximize target acquisition capabilities and support all munition types, low-light and wire/obstacle detection, radar detection, radar interferometry, weather detection, terrain avoidance, and situational awareness. Software that minimizes pilot workload through fusion of multiple sensor inputs and artificial intelligence to aid in pilot decision-making. All sensor data should be capable of internal transmission to pilot head-up displays and multiple cockpit displays and external transmission to other systems in the operational environment.
  • Communications: A multi-band and single band communications suite capable of providing line of sight and beyond light of sight communications in HF, VHF (AM/FM), UHF (AM/SATCOM), Link 16, advanced networking waveforms, Blue Force Tracking, workload-reduced manned/unmanned (MUM) teaming through Level of Interoperability (LOI) 5, identification/transponders, and internal communications. Aircraft Surveillance capable of Mode 5 Level 2 out/in, Mode 5 Level 2 Broadcast, Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) In/out, and interrogation of air and ground threats. The FARA PM is interested in a comprehensive suite that minimizes weight, simplifies integration for future modifications/upgrades, and is fully integrated with and conformant to the aircraft open system architecture.
  • Navigation: Aircraft navigation sets capable of legacy and next generation civil navigation modes in VHF Nav/ILS, TACAN, Doppler, EGI with M-code encryption, and assured precision navigation and timing (A-PNT), and Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED) assisted visual-based solutions for aerial navigation in GPS denied environments and under Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). The FARA PM is also interested in solutions and software applications that support supervised autonomy / optionally-manned flight.
  • Survivability: Aircraft Survivability Equipment to provide spherical coverage of the host platform in order to defeat the FARA threats. Aircraft survivability systems capable of detecting RF, IR, and laser threats. Missile warning systems capable of threat launch detection. Hostile fire systems capable of ballistic fire detection. Countermeasure systems capable of protecting against RF and IR threats. Electronic Warfare (EW) to include RF jamming systems. The FARA PM is interested in a comprehensive ASE suite that minimizes weight, can be fused with aircraft navigation and pilotage systems, and fully integrated with and conformant to the aircraft open architecture.
  • Infrastructure / Digital Backbone: Components, technologies and standards that support and complement the Government’s MOSA objective to enable rapid development, integration, and modification of mission systems and enhanced mission systems capabilities by qualified third-party integrators without air vehicle OEM involvement.
  • Data Fusion: Technology that enables fusion of multiple aircraft data inputs to support creation of a synthetic operating picture to improve mission effectiveness and reduce crew workload.
  • Pilot Interface: Heads up / helmet mounted displays that are high definition, color-capable, and night-vision device compatible. Cognitive decision aiding tools such as voice activation technology, 3D audio, and other cueing capabilities.
  • Effectors: Fully-integrated 20mm cannon with minimum 180 degree, desired 360 degree of azimuthal coverage and 60 degree elevation coverage.
https://beta.sam.gov/opp/a47aa9e47c0343 ... rue&page=1


CCDC Aviation, Missile Center highlights forward-launched UAS technology (30. März 2020)

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The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center Technology Development Directorate led the demonstration that highlighted the forward air launch of Area-I Air-Launched, Tube-Integrated, Unmanned System, or ALTIUS, 600. The demo was the culmination of over a year of buildup, planning and testing and is in line with the Army’s pursuit of leap-ahead technological advances aimed at dominating its adversaries and reaching its Multi-Domain Operations goal.
With the ultimate goal of gathering intelligence in real time, ALTIUS can be manually flown with a handheld remote or programmed by a ground control station where it can be commanded to navigate to a certain point. Designed to be recoverable, ALTIUS – an orange tubular object with wings that unfold once it self-stabilizes after being launched – can be set to land on any relatively level surface.

“To date, we've only launched from high altitudes which are not survivable in the current battle space,” said Nate Bordick, AvMC TDD-Aviation intelligent teaming lead.

These launches provide tactical effects at strategic and operational distances. Isaacson said operating at high altitudes in a counterinsurgency environment can be survivable, but lower altitude is essential in the peer/near-peer environment. “The lower tier of air domain is decisive. By operating in the lower tier of the air domain, with manned and unmanned aircraft and not having to climb to altitudes where survivability would be a concern, that's really what AvMC has shown here.”

Reduced vulnerability, increased reach, endurance and standoff are key components of this recently developed technology. Isaacson said standoff of a weapon system or situational awareness on the battlefield is provided by the technology demonstrated at Yuma.

The ALTIUS provides the ability to locate the enemy and relay information that will ultimately be used to protect the Warfighter. “This is an ALE unmanned system with advanced teaming capabilities that are operationally relevant in multidomain operations,” Bordick said. “Over the next couple years we're going to demonstrate a lot more autonomy, a lot more collaboration from manned/unmanned systems, a teams of teams approach.”
https://www.army.mil/article/234100/ccd ... technology
Im Februar hat Bell Helicopters bei einer Hauptversammlung seinen FARA-Kandidaten vorgestellt:

https://s1.q4cdn.com/535492436/files/do ... L)-(1).pdf


US Army Future Vertical Lift Project Updates

Mr. Dan Bailey
PM, JMR TD & FARA CP

11 Sep 2019

https://www.dsei.co.uk/__media/librarie ... Bailey.pdf

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Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) Request for Information (RFI), Long Lead Materials, Contract Type Recommendation and Notional Development Contract Schedules.
Description

The Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation, Project Manager (PM) FLRAA, on behalf of the Warfighter, seeks information on three distinct items (1) potential FLRAA physical prototype long lead materials list, costs, and timeline for ordering prior to initiation of prototype build, (2) FLRAA development contract type for the Preliminary Design phase, the Detailed Design phase, and the Physical Prototype Build phase with rationale and (3) potential benefits, risks and assumptions for FLRAA notional development schedules. This information will inform PM FLRAA activities toward a potential FLRAA Program of Record (PoR).

FLRAA Long Lead Materials for Physical Prototype Build Information Sought: Information is sought to identify long lead materials, required lead-time for each long lead item, and the unit costs for each long lead item required to build a physical prototype of a potential FLRAA aircraft.

FLRAA Long Lead Materials for Physical Prototype Build Response Instructions: Assuming a quantity of six (6) prototype aircraft, the response should include the following:

Complete attached Excel spreadsheet providing the following information:

1. Provide the long lead item nomenclature.

2. Provide the long lead items status as a Make or a Buy item.

3. Provide the item’s quantity to support the aircraft build.

4. Provide the item’s estimated cost data for a quantity of one (1) each.

5. Provide the item’s estimated lead time required relative to prototype build start and completion.

FLRAA Development Contract Type Information Sought: This portion of the RFI requests an assessment from industry on their ability to successfully execute the Preliminary Design Phase, the Detailed Design Phase, and the Physical Prototype Build Phase using a hybrid Fixed Price Incentive (FPI) contract, currently under consideration by the Government. Use of a hybrid FPI means that the predominance of the effort, but not the total effort, in each phase, would utilize the FPI contract type.

The Government also requests that industry recommend alternative contract type structures as part of the response.

FLRAA Development Contract Type Response Instructions: For a potential FLRAA development contract planned to begin in FY22, request industry provide the following:

1. Identify the perceived benefits, risks and assumptions in executing each phase listed above utilizing a hybrid FPI type contract, currently under consideration by the Government.

2. Recommend incentives, in line with FAR subpart 16.4 – Incentive Contracts, and alternate predominate contract type(s), for each phase listed above. Include rationale, perceived benefits, risks and assumptions as part of the response.

3. Propose contract line item number (CLIN) structures for each phase listed above. Which CLINs (e.g. test units *** provide examples) within each phase would be more appropriately FPI, Cost Plus Incentive Fee (CPIF), Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF), or Cost Reimbursement (CR), recognizing that the preponderance of the events may be FPI. Include rationale, perceived benefits, risks and assumptions as part of the response.

FLRAA Notional Development Contract Schedules Information Sought: This portion of the RFI will focus on the potential benefits, perceived risks and assumptions required in the two notional contract schedules described below. In both schedule options: the Army plans to utilize advance procurement authority for long lead materials in support of Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP); LRIP will be authorized at Milestone C in FY 2028; and delivery of production air vehicles (A/Vs) required to support First Unit Equipped in FY 2030.

1) The first contract schedule involves a second quarter fiscal year (FY) 2022 contract award requiring an A/V preliminary design review (PDR) at eight (8) months after contract award (ACA), a weapons system PDR 17 months ACA followed by a milestone B authorization and contract option exercise at 20 months ACA which will initiate the detailed design phase, with critical design review (CDR) at 35 months ACA, and six (6) A/V physical prototype builds requiring first A/V prototype delivered at 40 months ACA, the last A/V prototype delivered at 52 months ACA, and joint contractor/US Government testing to begin upon delivery of first prototype A/V.

2) The second contract schedule involves a third quarter FY 2022 contract award with a combined A/V and weapons system PDR within 10 months ACA, followed by a milestone B authorization and contract option exercise at 12 months ACA to begin detailed design, with critical design review at 22 months ACA, and six (6) A/V physical prototype builds requiring first A/V prototype delivered in 35 months ACA, the last A/V prototype delivered at 48 months ACA, and joint contractor/US Government testing to begin upon delivery of first prototype A/V.
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SB>1 Defiant reaches new top speed of 205 kt in flight
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant coaxial helicopter on 9 June reached a new top speed of 205 kt in flight while using less than 50% of the installed propeller power.

Defiant test pilot Bill Fell told reporters on 16 June that the industry team hopes to exceed 250 kt in a few months. The Defiant is designed to achieve a minimum of 230 kt in flight.
Fell said that the Defiant team will qualify the propeller torque in 10% increments until it reaches 100%. Sikorsky-Boeing generally aims for envelope expansion in 20 kt increments, but this depends on how much extra propeller torque Sikorsky and Boeing can clear on the test stand, he added.

Fell said Sikorsky and Boeing have to perform some engineering work on the propulsion system test bed (PSTB) to keep the loads in check as the loads on the test bed are significantly higher than in flight, where the aircraft uses airflow to help hit higher speeds. Fell told Janes after the event that there were no known mechanical challenges to prevent the Defiant from reaching faster speeds.
https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news ... -in-flight


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