US Army's Futur Vertical Lift program arouses strong export interest

The Futur Vertical Lift program, one of the main pillars of the US Army's BIG 6 super program aimed at restoring the US military's technological and operational advantage on the battlefields for decades to come, has failed. again crosses the industrial course. Yet, according to the Pentagon, 8 partner countries of the United States have already sent Washington a letter of interest concerning these rotary wing aircraft which should enter service in the second half of the decade. If the United States is used to a certain international interest in its Defense equipment programs, such reactivity is however exceptional for a 100% American program, indicating the interest of the HQs in the underlying technological promise. that it underlies.

Launched in 2009, the FVL program aims to replace all the helicopters in service in the US Army, namely the UH-60 Black-Hawk maneuver helicopter, the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, the CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter; and the OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopter (retired from service in 2014). If it is officially composed of 5 branches, as many as the family of aircraft to be replaced (including a super heavy aircraft to replace the C130 hercules), the US Army has so far launched only two programs, namely the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, or FLRAA, intended to replace the Black-Hawks, and the Futur Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft, or FARA, intended to replace the OH-58 Kiowa.

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The OH-58 Kiowas were withdrawn from service in 2014 without being replaced. It is the FARA program which should bring a successor to this device from 2026.

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