Linking the "Defense News" article as it is a reading assignment for those interested in the new Vertical Lift Command RFP implementation. By the time I have passed on, this FLV will have deployed. I am writing about something which will occur beyond my own expiration date. However, Defense News makes this opening article a "Popular Mechanics" type of presentation about the future helicopter concept. A most interesting day dream for aviation. The military has caught that day dream bug since it needs to go beyond the Black Hawk. There are four primary future bidders pushing forward at this time, where only two will make the final cut for the RFP round. Here is my check list of things to do in an all new concept lifter on the battle field. I am sure the DOD has considered these bullet points way before and will be included within the RFP for all comers biding.
- Stealth (negative electronic detections, Aero designs)
- Sound (silent mode)
- Lift Capacity (exceeds current light VL capacity)
- Armament ( The Kitchen Sink options for attack and defense)
- People Movers level (Maximum 24 Combat, or 12 medical, or 3 crew per mission)
- Evacuation capabilities (rapid egress system or capability) a run up the ramp and go.
- Air Cargo system of modular configuration (on the fly payloads management)
- Mission Configuration ( Rapid Mission Change management within combat scenario)
- Range=field of operations 400 miles with refueling capabilities for indefinite flight.
- Electronic counter measures
- Satellite command and control-wing management on missions orchestrations.
This is fun I could go all-day Popular- Mechanics style. Okay Its Defense News turn:
The new Black Hawk ?
The new attack Apache?
The New Combat and Rescue?