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FVL Initial Capability Document (ICD)

The Initial Capability Document (ICD) for the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Family of Systems (FoS), dated 08 April 2013, established a need for a vertical lift capability to support the US Army (USA) and the US Marine Corps (USMC), recapitalizing their existing fleet of H-60 and H-1 aircraft (A/C). This new capability should have an Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in the 2030-2032 timeframe and support Army Assault missions and Marine Corps Attack and Assault/Utility missions with a common solution (or as common a solution as practical). Since the February 2016 RFI release, The USA and USMC continued to refine the FVL concept in terms of requirements, acquisition strategy, and cost estimates leading to the 28 October 2016 Material Development Decision briefing (MDD). As part of the MDD process, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) Office has released official AoA guidance.

The aircraft should be capable of meeting the following needs, whether it is an upgraded legacy platform, an existing or modified commercial off-the-shelf/government off-the-shelf (COTS/GOTS) aircraft, a new-start aircraft, or other. Note this is a top-level summary and is not all-inclusive.

  1. Shipboard compatible (lives on the ship; 100% ship suitable) for USMC variants and shipboard capable (lands, refuels/reloads, and takes-off; able to handle electromagnetic interference (EMI) and has manual folding) for USA variants on L-class (amphibious) ships, with the USMC variant having a folded spot factor equivalent/close to an Utility Helicopter(UH)-1Y.
  2. Aerial refueling via standard North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) probe and drogue refueling systems.
  3. In all phases of flight, the aircraft shall exhibit Level I Cooper-Harper Rating Scale handling qualities within the operational flight envelope (Level I definition shall be in accordance with (IAW) a tailored Aeronautical Design Standard Performance Specification, ADS-33E-PRF for rotor-borne flight, meeting the requirements for an attack helicopter including Target Acquisition and Tracking. Level I definition shall also be IAW tailored Military Standard, MIL-STD-1797B handling qualities standards for other flight modes, as delineated by Air Vehicle Class IV).
  4. Assault/Utility variants offer eight (USMC) to twelve (USA) crashworthy troop seats whose seat back height, seat pan depth and seat pan width are compatible with both unequipped and heavily equipped troops donned with body-borne mission equipment such as the Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) pack. Minimum seat width to provide the required accommodation is twenty-three (23) inches wide with a sitting platform that is eighteen (18) inches deep. Accommodation of mission equipment on the seat must also be compatible with maintaining aisle space for both general movement about the cabin and for emergency egress. Alternative cabin configuration should be compatible with accommodating six (6) litter patients or six (6) ambulatory patients with medical equipment.
  5. The aircraft must be capable of operations 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). This includes the ability to identify and engage threats in all manner of environmental/weather conditions.
  6. Aircraft must be able to deploy to and from unimproved austere field sites/tactical assembly areas as well as rolling take-offs from L-class ships.
  7. Conduct missions with the describe ground rules and payloads as specified in Appendices A and B.
  8. Aircraft must be capable of the following limit g-loads: 1) During mission MT-2, Segment 7 Positive 4.5 G to negative 1.5G (if wing-borne), Positive 3.5G to negative 1.0G (if rotor-borne) and 2) During missions A-1, A-2, A-3, Segment 6 Positive 3.5G to negative 0.5G in applicable flight mode for segment.
  9. Assault/utility variants will offer weapons with a near 360 degree coverage.
  10. Aircraft must have ballistic protection for the pilots, crew, and troops, including transparences.
  11. Aircraft shall exploit capabilities of Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM T) as well as being optionally manned. MUM-T Level 4 Control of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) (Level 5 Control for UAS Group 2 and smaller except for Medical Evacuation.



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