The FVL platforms – both Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) and Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRRA) – will need to address complex issues for weight and drag in order to deliver on speed, range, payload capacity and ultimately supreme performance. The materials used in design, the location of parts and the domino effect those choices have throughout the platform and its systems are just some of the considerations in play. Additionally, each of these things need to perform in a variety of terrain and address environmental challenges often presented during a mission.

At Collins, our teams are leveraging our wide breadth of capabilities and technical expertise to work on platform-wide optimization opportunities. We’re exploring what’s possible now and what we can build on for future enhancements. For example, will a typical pod hoist hanging off the side of a rotorcraft still suffice?

We are asking the right questions to challenge the status quo, as well as leveraging our years of experience and shear breadth of capability to deliver the answers. The technological advancements are at our fingertips – or even ready now – to help design the fastest, lightest, most long-range and powerful rotorcraft in history.

How can fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites or out-of-autoclave thermosets contribute to lighter weight structural components and drive systems without compromising on power?

"From lighting and seats, ice detection and drive shafts, to fully system-integrated aerostructures, everything is on the table for revolutionizing a lighter solution with less drag and the most powerful performance"