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Manufacturers deliberate FVL Maritime Strike options

9th February 2021 - 17:30 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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As a search for successors to MH-60 and MQ-8 aircraft under the US Navy's Future Vertical Lift Maritime Strike effort begins in earnest, attention turns to which new systems could compete for programme spoils.

Leading rotary and UAV manufacturers have given mixed reactions to how they will compete for the USN Future Vertical Lift Maritime Strike (FVL-MS) programme.

Industry has until 13 April to submit responses to an Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) RfI designed to kickstart a recapitalisation of Sikorsky MH-60R/S naval helicopters and Northrop Grumman MQ-8B/C Fire Scout UAVs.

New aircraft are set to be introduced to service in mid-2030, with the navy calling specifically for a ‘family of manned and unmanned systems’ to replace the ageing UAV and helicopter fleets.

At this early stage, according to the RfI, FVL-MS seeks to identify …

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