John EspositoBy John Esposito
Vice President, Strategic Pursuits
Collins Aerospace

1. Leading open systems development

The development of a modular open systems approach (MOSA) remains a marquee requirement for FVL, ensuring the highest level of multi-domain battlespace connectivity and enabling faster integration of system technology as the mission evolves. It’s more than concept, however. Best-in-class suppliers need to demonstrate fully MOSA compliant systems – inclusive of integrated multi-vendor demonstrations – in order to supply the warfighter a foundation for a best-in-class digital ecosystem and satisfy the Army’s “fly before you buy” procurement strategy.

Our Huntsville, Alabama, Collins Aerospace site hosts a MOSA Center of Excellence inside our Customer Experience Center where we invite industry partners to test and demonstrate emerging open systems technology. It’s that industry-wide collaboration that is needed to develop the best-in-breed open systems architectures for this program and beyond.

Open systems are not only key to developing seamless upgrades for FVL, they also provide an important modernization and growth pathway for the entire FVL ecosystem, including current fleet platforms and launched effects. Legacy Army platforms like the Black Hawk, Chinook and Apache will benefit from current and future upgrades developed for FVL, as those platforms remain in service for decades to come.

2. Pushing boundaries for platform-wide optimization

The FVL platforms will need to deliver on speed, range and payload capacity like never before. This will require transformational solutions across the platform that reduce weight and drag to ensure optimal performance. From the materials used in design to the unique integration of systems and structures, nothing is off the table to optimize FVL performance.

Companies must challenge the status quo by leveraging multiple capabilities in different ways. Integrating systems across conventional product categories and boundaries, revolutionizing development with advanced materials, and eliminating waste from outdated product designs are just a few of the ways to reduce weight and drag and empower superior performance for FVL, not to mention significant potential cost savings in doing so.

3. Planning for continuous sustainment

With countless new interoperable technologies being developed for the FVL program, long-term plans for sustainment and advancement must be included to ensure the longevity of the FVL fleets. The backwards compatibility of these technologies for the Army’s current fleet is also a major consideration surrounding the technological advancements for FVL.

Strategic sustainment partnerships enable building supportability roadmaps now to avoid costly or inefficient infrastructure development in the future.

RTX offers a host of capabilities to help the U.S. Army execute on these key success factors, leveraging expertise from throughout the organization to drive innovations and support meeting or exceeding requirements for Future Vertical Lift and current fleet modernization. Explore more: