|NexGen Rotorcraft Impact on Military Operations|
|Applied Vehicle Technology|
Emerging Technologies, Medium and Long Term, Operational Impact, Rotorcraft
The importance of rotorcraft in military operations is widely recognised. A significant portion of the NATO nations’ fleet of rotary wing assets are projected to require replacement or retirement in the 2035+ timeframe. This cliff edge represents both a risk to existing capabilities and an opportunity to introduce next generation capability(s). Recently, aspects of this issue have been directly addressed by:
2014-16 AVT-245 (Specialist Meeting) Future Rotorcraft Requirements
2016-18 JCG VL appointed Team of Experts (TOE) Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC)
2016-18 AVT-ST-005 (Specialist Team) Future Rotorcraft Technologies
2016-18 NIAG Study Group 219 Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability
2018 AVT-ET-186 (Exploratory Team) NexGen Rotorcraft Impact on Military Ops
The AVT-245 specialist meeting produced recommended actions for a Pan-NATO activity to 1. Work across the operator, procurement and S&T communities to develop and execute the analysis, planning, and development necessary for future rotorcraft capabilities; and 2. Technical activities to develop and mature critical capabilities. The Pan-NATO activity (NGRC ToE) report supports a general NATO Staff Requirement (NSR). A projected JCGVL appointed Ad Hoc Subgroup will refine the generic NSR into one or more focused NSR(s). AVT-ST-005 and NIAG SG 219 produced technical memorandums of key technical areas considered to be drivers for future rotorcraft design with their respective maturity level and development timeframe. AVT-ET-186 developed the Long Term Scientific Study (LTSS) plan.
In parallel to the development of the NSR, this LTSS will produce a tradespace of the next generation rotorcraft operational capability vs technology, financial and schedule information. This pre-feasibility effort will serve as an analysis of alternatives for meeting the NSR and inform nations on participation with a NATO rotorcraft collaboration effort.
The activity will assess projected S&T development on military operational impact of next generation NATO rotorcraft. The assessment will include both qualitative and quantitative evaluations to link emerging technology with operational impact.