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Lockheed appoints new lead for FVL work

8th November 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin has appointed Andrew Adams to lead the company’s pitch for the US Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) requirements. 

Adams will oversee all strategic and operational elements of the company’s FVL work, which Lockheed says represents its efforts to bring ‘the full strength of its portfolio to FVL’.

FVL will generate the next generation of rotary wing aircraft for the US military, aimed at increasing the speed, manoeuvrability and lethality of rotorcraft. 

Adams is moving to the position from the company’s Aeronautics division, for which he was VP and deputy GM of the F-35 Lightning II fighter programme. 

‘Lockheed Martin is demonstrating its leap-ahead technologies today that will enable us to provide these critical capabilities to the US Army in record time,’ Frank St John, executive VP of the company’s Rotary and Mission Systems business line, said.

‘For more than a decade, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has been investing in game-changing X2 technology to support our customers’ FVL missions with increased speed, agility and manoeuvrability.’

Technologies being offered by Lockheed include the Raider X aircraft - derived from the S-97 Raider - for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft element of FVL, while its SB>1 Defiant is being developed alongside Boeing for the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) programme. 

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