Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT July-September 2016 Contents vehicle that provides exibility to government organizations
in selecting competitive research and development projects to
mature technology and to initiate studies and analysis e orts
associated with FVL and related activities. [For more on the
value of using other transaction authority with high-tech consor-
tiums, see "In the Shark Tank," Page 82, in the January -- March
2016 issue of Army AL&T.] To date, VLC has hosted multiple
competitions to develop FVL technologies and has implemented
streamlined processes and single-point contracting to facilitate
the rapid development of innovative technologies. (See Figure 1
on Page 112.)
OTA successes include the transition of the National Rotorcraft
Technology Center (NRTC) FY15 contracting e orts to the
OTA, providing more e cient government program oversight
and expanding industry participation. Under the OTA, the
NRTC experienced an average cycle time of seven months from
proposal receipt to contract award for nine projects in the fol-
lowing technical areas:
• Extreme reliability and structural integrity, and zero-
maintenance aircraft systems.
• Air worthiness and rapid certi cation of complex systems.
• Advanced component design and analysis tools.
• Rotorcraft drive technology.
• Aeromechanics modeling, design and analysis.
On another VLC project, the U.S. Army Aviation Applied
Technology Directorate is developing and testing a vibration
damping system. Initiated as a proof of concept, the project
recently transitioned to a prototype demonstration. It is being
performed by a small nontraditional contractor, D-Strut of
Scottsdale, Arizona, and is demonstrating how the OTA can
reduce acquisition lead time in a competitive environment and
shorten the timeline from research and development to elding.
Shared investment: Perhaps the single greatest contribution
industry has made early in the FVL program is shared invest-
ment. In 2013, AMRDEC awarded four JMR-TD air vehicle
technology investment agreements to begin initial design of
four objective vehicle concepts that meet notional FVL system
speci cations. Army and industry partners have invested about
$1 billion in this endeavor, with industry providing nearly two-
thirds of the investment resources.
FVL PATH FORWARD
Beginning in FY16, the FVL initiative began transitioning to
a program of record that will develop an aircraft to meet the
requirement of the initial FVL capability set. As the lead ser vice,
the Army established a project management o ce under the
Program Executive O ce (PEO) for Aviation to lead this devel-
opment and shepherd the joint participation program through
the acquisition process. (See Figure 3.) Key milestones for the
rst FVL acquisition program are:
• Materiel development decision by the defense acquisition
executive in October 2017.
• First ight of JMR-TD in 2017.
• Release request for proposals for technology maturation and
risk reduction contracts in 2019.
• Milestone A to enter technology maturation and risk reduction
• Milestone B to enter engineering and manufacturing
development in 2025.
• Low-rate initial production for the rst capability set in 2030.
e DOD FVL initiative established the foundation in require-
ments development, identi cation of critical technology needs
and acquisition planning. is foundation serves as the basis for
successful transition to service-led programs of record to develop
and acquire the necessary platforms and architecture to eld a
eet of next-generation rotary wing aircraft. Early success of the
FVL initiative and related technology development e orts is in
no small part the result of deliberate, consistent and enthusiastic
involvement of industry. is key element of the FVL initia-
tive strategy will continue in Army and other service-led FVL
programs of record to ensure the broadest set of perspectives in
identifying innovative and creative ways to achieve a ordable
For more information, contact the Improved Turbine Engine/
Future Vertical Lift Project O ce at 256-313-2020.
MR. RICHARD KRETZSCHMAR is the project manager for
Improved Turbine Engine and Future Vertical Lift within PEO
Aviation. Previously, he served as the deputy project manager for
Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems and as the deputy director of
AMRDEC's System Simulation and Development Directorate. He
holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
an M.S. in aerospace engineering from Auburn University. He is
Level III certi ed in program management.
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