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Brig. Gen. Frank Tate: Army Eyes Future Family of Vertical Lift Aircraft

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The U.S. Army aims to acquire and create new vertical lift aircraft variants for operations in the 2030s and beyond, Defense News reported Tuesday.

Future vertical lift was listed third among top modernization priorities when the Army stoop up a new command in the fall.

Brig. Gen. Frank Tate, director of Army aviation in the service branch’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Planning and Training, said the service branch looks to change its methods for acquiring assets such as vertical lift aircraft.

The report noted the Army developed a new concept on how it aims to acquire future helicopters along with technologies that can boost the capacities of the FVL.

Tate said the service branch will separate work for the procurement of aircraft airframe with work to create mission systems.

He suggested the Army to establish a digital backbone architecture for mission systems, software and hardware students in a similar way that apps are created for Apple and Samsung products.

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