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DSEI 2021: NATO admits Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability could be FVL solution

14th September 2021 - 16:13 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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Bell's V-280 tiltrotor is one of two aircraft under consideration for FLRAA. (Photo: Bell)

NATO's Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) effort might not lead to a common medium-class helicopter being made by a European manufacturer.

A NATO official has revealed to Shephard that the alliance’s Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) programme could result in a Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft eventually being selected.

Despite the US only holding NGRC observer status, five European partner nations involved in the effort have already agreed to open a communications channel with FVL officials, according to the NATO source.

The official noted that this channel exists to avoid working in stovepipes, and to ensure that whatever is developed is interoperable from both ends.

US representatives have also been part of all NGRC meetings to date.

‘[A] decision on the preferred solution …

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