WASHINGTON – The US Army has awarded the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft contract to Bell Textron, Incorporated.
“I am excited to be a part of this momentous day for our Army,” said Mr. Doug Bush, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. “The thoughtful and disciplined execution of the FLRAA program strategy will deliver the transformational capabilities we need to support the joint force, enhance deterrence and win in multi-domain operations.”
The Army initiated the FLRAA program in 2019 as part of its Future Vertical Lift initiative to replace part of its attack and supply helicopter fleet. The FLRAA is intended to eventually replace the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, which has been in service for more than four decades.
“This downselection represents a strategic pivot for Army Aviation to the transformation speed and range our Army needs to dominate future battlefields,” said Maj. Gen. Walter Rugen, director of the Future Vertical Lift Cross-Functional Team. “The prototyping and risk reduction efforts enabled the Army to significantly reduce the time needed to reach today’s announcement.”
The FLRAA will expand the depth of the battlefield by extending the range of air strike missions and enabling ground forces to converge through decentralized operations at longer distances. The FLRAA’s inherent range and standoff capabilities will ensure mission success through tactical maneuver at operational and strategic ranges.
“I am very proud of the entire team and our aviation business partners,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Barrie, Program Executive Officer, Aviation. “They have worked diligently to ensure that the Army delivers a new vertical lift capability that meets its modernization goals.”
The Army followed a deliberate and disciplined process in evaluating proposals to ensure rigorous review and fair treatment of both competitors.
“Our ability to support this critical Army aviation modernization program is a testament to the exceptional commitment and capability of our contracting professionals across the acquisition workforce,” said Joseph Giunta Jr., senior contracting officer for the Army Contracting Command-Redstone Arsenal. “The FLRAA award strengthens our ability to maximize the range of authorities available in our contracting toolkit to address high-priority Army needs.”
Implementing reform initiatives passed by Congress designed to streamline the acquisition process, this contract will deliver virtual prototypes that can be updated quickly and affordably. These virtual prototypes will directly support design, integration, training and development testing activities.
As the Army transforms to face an uncertain future, FLRAA is one of the many modernized capabilities that will help ensure the Army of 2030 is ready and able to win when the nation calls.
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