Putting expertise and innovation to work for the future of military rotorcraft
As one of the U.S. Army’s modernization priorities to dominate in the multi-domain battlespace, Future Vertical Lift (FVL) is a key focus for Collins Aerospace. The Army leads the way in defining the next generation of military rotorcraft and we are poised to help align and deliver capabilities that will provide advanced, transformational solutions and superior performance – now and well into the future.
A best-in-class future helicopter solution requires innovative capabilities that push the limits of what’s possible, while keeping an eye on affordability, sustainment and training. At the same time, there are clear challenges in ensuring all the pieces work seamlessly together without compromising on the goals of the FVL program – from increasing safety, performance, lethality and agility to ensuring longevity of all solutions and continuous advancement.
Plus, many of the advancements being developed for FVL need to be considered as part of the entire ecosystem, inclusive of Air Launched Effects (ALE), a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) and modernizing the current fleet with backwards compatible solutions.
The capabilities that the Army implements need to focus on key areas that address those challenges and deliver at an unprecedented level –
"That's where we come in."
Leading open systems
Modular open systems approach (MOSA) is critical to building a best-in-class FVL ecosystem as well as modernizing the current fleet for rapid advancement and mission flexibility. Collins Aerospace is front and center in establishing and developing open systems frameworks from in-the-field demonstrations to our Huntsville Customer Experience Center.
Unique solutions for less weight and drag
FARA and FLRAA face complex weight and drag challenges to deliver on speed, range, payload capacity and ultimately superior performance. Everything is on the table when it comes to developing transformational technology for the future fleet.
Continuous advancement and sustainment
For both FVL and the current fleet, the ease and affordability of maintenance and upgrades need to be addressed at the forefront of any new technological advancement. That means planning for sustainment now to avoid costly or inefficient updates in the future.
Our legacy in Army Aviation innovation
From actuation to avionics and nearly everything in between, Collins Aerospace has been a trusted partner in military aviation innovation and advancement for over 100 years.
In the news
- Denied a Win with Defiant X, Collins Aerospace Is Still Looking to Slip into The Military Helicopter Seat Market (Forbes, April 2023)
- Interview: Thomas von Eschenbach, Director, Program Management, Army Rotary Wing Solutions & Huntsville Site Lead for Collins Aerospace (AirMed&Rescue, March 2023)
- Future Vertical Lift Drives Collins Investments in Cutting-Edge Tech. (Vertical, Nov. 2022)
- Innovation and open systems pace FVL and the current fleet (Breaking Defense, Nov. 2022)
- US Army Signs CRADA with Collins to Develop New Airworthiness Certification for Multicore Processors and Modularity (Avionics International, Oct. 2022)
- Three keys to empowering overmatch for Future Vertical Lift (FVL) (Collins Aerospace, Oct. 2022)
- JUST IN: Army Piloting Aircraft Control System at Project Convergence (National Defense, Sept. 2022)
- What do you get when you combine a light and an antenna for Future Vertical Lift? (Breaking Defense, Aug. 2022)
- Pacing the threat with open systems for FVL and the enduring fleet (Breaking Defense, April 2022)
- Collins Aerospace teams up with Intel to redefine the future of flight computing (Collins Aerospace, April 2022)
- Collins Aerospace securely sends data to the tactical edge with new cross domain solution (Collins Aerospace, April 2022)
- Don't close the door on open systems (Breaking Defense, March 2022)
- Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing selects Collins Aerospace seating, Perigon™ computer for DEFIANT X® helicopter (Collins Aerospace, March 2022)
- Collins Aerospace completes Air Launched Effects demonstration for U.S. Army Future Vertical Lift program (Collins Aerospace, Jan. 2022)
- Collins Aerospace leads multi-domain operation demonstration of open systems for U.S. military (Collins Aerospace, Nov. 2021)
- The Era Of The Defense Company ‘Dealer Showroom’ May Be Upon Us (Forbes, Oct. 2021)
- Bringing the power of what’s possible to Army Aviation’s front door (Collins Aerospace, Oct. 2021)
- How better helicopter seats help the next generation of pilots (Collins Aerospace, Aug. 2021)
- Collins Aerospace Developing Generational Leap in Flight Control Processing Power for Perigon (Aviation Today, Aug. 2021)
- Collins Aerospace launches Perigon™ offering to support future flight computing requirements (Collins Aerospace, July 2021)
Videos and webinars
- Huntsville Customer Experience Center for Army Aviation
- FlexLink™ adaptive connectivity
- A Look at Leading Success Factor for FVL – Weight & Drag
- Mission System for Air Launched Effects (ALE)
- Perigon™ Next-Generation Flight Control & Vehicle Management Computing Solution
- MOSARC™ integrated avionics for the future of Army Aviation
Mosarc™ avionics for helicopters
Collins’ Mosarc is a revolutionary digital backbone solution that meets government open systems standards while ensuring the separation of air vehicle and mission system equipment and the ability to manage the exchange of information between the two. This increases performance, safety and cybersecurity.
With our proven, proprietary translating drum technology, in addition to a more modular architecture and new features – such as the data acquisition sensing and health (DASH™) system – our Pegasus hoist is ready to help ensure your missions are completed faster, safer and more efficiently.
Perigon™ Flight Control and Vehicle Management Computer
Next-generation flight control and vehicle management computing solution offering advanced computing power, open-system architecture and flexible configurability supporting future needs across a broad range of applications.
RapidEdge™ Mission System for Air Launched Effects
The RapidEdge™ Mission System technology acts as the brain of the Air Launched Effects family of systems and includes radios for communication, solutions for handling multiple levels of classified data, mission computing, and autonomous behaviors for ALE.
Weapon Bay Door Drive System
Hydraulic and electric main bay and side bay systems for 5th- and 6th-generation fighters.