WASHINGTON – The United States military has awarded the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft contract to Bell Textron, Incorporated.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this momentous day for our military,” 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, strengthen 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 utility 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 down select represents a strategic pivot for Army Aviation to the transformational speed and reach our military needs to dominate future battlefields,” said Major General Walter Rugen, director of the Future Vertical Lift Cross-Functional Team. “Thanks to the prototyping and risk reduction efforts, the military was able to significantly reduce the time it took to get to today’s announcement.”
FLRAA will increase battlefield depth by extending the range of air strike missions and allow ground forces to converge through decentralized operations at longer ranges. FLRAA’s inherent range and range capabilities ensure mission success through tactical maneuvers at operational and strategic ranges.
“I am very proud of the entire team and our aviation business partners,” said Major General Robert Barrie, Program Executive Officer, Aviation. its modernization objectives.”
The Army followed a deliberate and disciplined process in evaluating proposals to ensure a thorough review and fair treatment of both competitors.
“Our ability to support this critical Army aviation modernization program is a testament to the outstanding commitment and capabilities of our contracting professionals within the acquisitions workforce,” said Joseph Giunta Jr., senior contracting officer for Army Contracting Command-Redstone Arsenal . “The FLRAA award strengthens our ability to maximize the spectrum of authorities available in our contract toolkit to meet the high priority needs of the military.”
By implementing Congressional-approved reform initiatives designed to streamline the acquisition process, this contract delivers virtual prototypes that can be updated quickly and affordably. These virtual prototypes will directly support design, integration, training and development testing activities.
As the military transforms to face an uncertain future, FLRAA is one of many modernized capabilities that will ensure the military of 2030 is ready and able to win when the nation calls.
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