Solving complex challenges to drive superior performance
The FVL platforms – both Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) and
Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) – need to address complex challenges for weight and drag in order to deliver on speed, range and payload
The materials used in design, the
location of parts, unique integrated solutions, and the domino effect those
choices have throughout the platform are just some of the
considerations in play. Additionally, each of these solutions need to perform in a
variety of terrain and address environmental challenges often presented during a
What happens when you Combine a light & antenna?
Weight and drag savings starts with transformational integrations of systems that have never been brought together before.
Exploring the "art of the possible" with unique system integrations and design
The breadth of capability across Collins well positions us to create cutting-edge solutions by combining the best technology from multiple product lines into uniquely integrated systems. Real transformation – and in turn, real benefit – happens when you think beyond what’s been done and dive into what could be done. Here’s just a few of the things we’ve been working on:
Integrated light and antenna combines state-of-the-art exterior lighting with high-performance communications
antenna to enable less exterior components and associated weight and drag.
Multifunction structure combines ice protection, temperature sensing and structural health sensing into
a single component delivering 10-15% weight reduction, 10-20% energy reduction
and lower cost out-of-autoclave composite manufacturing.
Modular hoist design for FLRAA enables integration of key components in
different configurations to fit inside the aircraft, minimizing drag.
We’re exploring what’s possible now and what we can build on for future enhancements. The technological advancements are at our fingertips – and ready now – to help design the fastest, lightest, most long-range and powerful rotorcraft in history.
"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"
At Collins, our teams are asking the right questions to challenge the status quo, as well as leveraging our years of
experience and breadth of capability to deliver transformational technology and platform-wide weight and drag optimization.