FVL CS 1 - Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Capability Set (CS) 1
Capability for terrain following/terrain avoidance at speeds greater than 200 knots (kts) over a minimum tactical radius of 229 nautical miles (nm) unrefueled.
- 5.1.2. Capability to maintain a minimum time on station (TOS) of 2 hours @ 170nm for recon/attack mission, and 30 minutes @ 229nm for assault missions; unrefueled.
- 5.1.3. Fully reconfigurable for recon/attack and assault mission.
- 5.1.4. Capability of maneuver agility in high energy, low speed conditions and hover out of ground effect (HOGE) at 6,000 feet 95 degrees Fahrenheit (6k/95°F) at mission radius of 315-424km.
- 5.1.5. Capability to carry minimum internal payload consisting of 6 passengers (pax) @ 335 pounds (lbs) each (2,010 lbs.) with crash worthy seats rated for 365lb pax.
- 5.1.6. Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG)/Shipboard compatible.
- 5.1.7. Fully mission capable in all weather (except the most severe weather e.g., severe thunderstorms, turbulence, icing, hurricane force winds), night and degraded visual environment (DVE), moderate icing, Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).
- 5.1.8. Capability to operate in a Global Positioning System (GPS) denied or contested environment.
- 5.1.9. Aerial refuel capable.
- 5.1.10. Capable of rapid communication reconfiguration enabling Battle Command on the Move (BCOTM), data receipt and transmit capability across all applicable methods and waveforms on enduring as well as ad hoc networks.
- 5.1.11. Capability to fuse information from off-board and on-board sensors, capable of providing translation across methods and waveforms to ensure inclusion of all desired information into common operating picture (COP).
- 5.1.12. Capability to dynamically communicate with other service and joint assets, potentially re-task Joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
- 5.1.13. Networked Situational Awareness (SA) of threat radar, and other detection systems connected to navigation system to adjust routes dynamically and call on external assets for jamming, as necessary.
- 5.1.14. Capable of four-axis autopilot system with automated 3-dimensional approach path system capable of obstacle avoidance in complex terrain.
- 5.1.15.Man-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) Level 4 Control of UAS (Level 5 Control for UAS Group 2 and smaller (except for Medical Evacuation [MEDEVAC]) Unmanned system interoperability being able to control multiple vehicles and capable of optionally piloted/optionally manned.
- 5.1.16.Capability to be employed from unimproved austere field sites or sea bases and operate for extended periods of time.
Reconnaissance / Security / Attack
Conduct integrated air-ground movement to contact in order to find/fix threat, to build and share the common operating picture tailored to air-ground team task/purpose, and to focus combat power at the decisive point at the right time. Conduct operations to provide reaction time, maneuver space, and protection to air-ground movement and maneuver. Conduct integrated air-ground operations to close with and destroy the enemy through fire and maneuver in order to most effectively win every battle.
- 5.2.1. Capability to detect, identify and affiliate friendly and enemy forces throughout the battle space.
- 5.2.2. Capability to dynamically re-task Reconnaissance & Security assets
- 5.2.3. Capability to fuse information from off-board and on-board systems.
- 5.2.4. Capability to dynamically re-task sensors.
- 5.2.5. Ability to direct/employ precision weapons to destroy light skinned and hardened targets.
- 5.2.6. Detect, identify, and destroy air threats.
- 5.2.7. Common architecture with Joint/Army fire support systems.
- 5.2.8. Capability to employ fires to fix, disengage, or destroy targets.
Direct Action/Urban Assault/Security
Conduct unconventional warfare for long range insertion and extraction of reconnaissance and direct action teams tasked for eliminating high value targets and exploitation of intelligence. Conduct unconventional warfare in a very complex urban environment to seize enemy operatives for exploitation for follow on missions. CS1 assets will be primarily assault and attack.
- 5.3.1. Networked Situational Awareness (SA) of threat radar, and other detection systems connected to navigation system to adjust routes dynamically and call on external assets for jamming, as necessary.
- 5.3.2. Precision fires and cooperative engagement with ground elements, UAS, and wing man, capable of non-lethal effects for mobility “kills”.
- 5.3.3. Capability to operate in a GPS denied or contested environment.
- 5.3.4. Capable of operation within an urban avenue of approach, landing and reorientation to a confined area of 40’ x 40’ (representative of a city intersection).
- 5.3.5. Capable of four-axis autopilot system with automated 3-dimensional approach path system capable of obstacle avoidance in complex urban terrain.
- 5.3.6. Precision 3-dimensional navigation and timing with precise position approach hold, automated low speed control for obstacle avoidance and coupled hover and position hold +/- 1 foot.
- 5.3.7. Automated light load “perch” capability (e.g., rooftop access).
Maritime Interdiction Operations
Conduct interdiction operations of a ship at sea in or near contested waters as a show of force to demonstrate U.S. capability to counter mine-laying vessels and other combatants.
- 5.4.1. Avionics/navigation systems capable of precisely locating and the ability to maintain distance, time, and heading as it closes with a moving maritime target (e.g., Auto Approach to a ship deck and coupled hover hold/precision position hold over water).
- 5.4.2. Integrated Fast Rope/Ladder Insertion/Extraction system.
The Primary mission of the CS 1 air vehicle is to provide an attack/reconnaissance role. The aircraft must be able to integrate the following capabilities in order to fulfill that role:
- 6.1.1. Aircraft must be able to deliver precision munitions (Semi Active Laser (SAL), Millimeter Wave (MMW), Infrared (IR), GPS/Internal Navigation System (INS), etc.). rangefinder/designator capability (for ranging and precision engagements). Platform will require Category (CAT) 3 Target Location Error (TLE) capability.
- 6.1.2. Aircraft must provide ability to engage targets off-axis from a range of 10 meters (m) to 3000+m rapidly for self-protection/offensive operations. Turreted / rapidly slewing for 360 degree protection.
- 6.1.3. Provide capability for pod-mounting of specialty-type weapons/munitions (i.e. directed energy).
Air vehicle must allow for crew selectable precision munitions. Air vehicle must accommodate unguided and non-lethal munitions with suppression and standard “kill” criteria capability. Non-lethal munitions include smoke screening (multi-spectral), illumination (covert and overt), target marking and crowd control. Target effects should range from disabling to destroying, dependent on target type.
Sample Target Sets for Reference
- 6.4.1. Set #1 Light Armor/Troops in open, Range 10m - 3+km: turreted/360° weapon system with ability to rapidly slew to queued line-of-sight and engage multiple offaxis targets. Adequate rounds to defeat company sized elements.
- 6.4.2. Set #2 Bunker/Light Armor at extended ranges, Range 1500m-8km: Small Guided Munition (SGM), forward firing, advanced Hydra (2.75") or new form factor with seeker (Laser, Radar, IR, GPS/INS, etc) and warhead options (scalable) with launchers capable of carrying 7 to 19 munitions internally (total) with no additional drag accounted during transit), as well as, provisions for external stores capable of additional 7-19 munitions.
- 6.4.3. Set #3 Heavy Armor with Active and/or Passive Countermeasures, Range 500m12+km; Precision guided missiles (multi-mode) with 2.5 times overmatch of current or expected threat. (e.g. Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) Antitank Guided Missile (ATGM) with launchers carrying 2 to 16 rounds internally (total) with no additional drag accounted during transit), as well as, provisions for external stores to carry an additional 2-16 munitions.
- 6.4.4. Missile and rocket installations that are stowed internally should be capable of extending into firing position and retract into the stowed position without mechanical interference, degraded field of fire, or damaging any surface.
- 6.4.5. Set #4 Counter Air (C) - UAS/Helicopters /Fixed Wing (FW) (focus is on Group 2 and 3 UAS in accordance with (IAW) Army C-UAS Strategy and low/slow/small rotary wing (RW)/FW).
- 6.4.6. Set #5 Less-than-lethal munitions - pod-mounted, directed-energy type of weapon focused on interfering with target sensors and/or mission command systems – e.g. desperate or hostile crowds, vehicles.
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