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Activity title

NexGen Rotorcraft Impact on Military Operations

Activity Reference

AVT-329

Panel

Applied Vehicle Technology

Security Classification

Other

Status

Planning

Activity type

LTSS

Start date

2020

End date

2022

Keywords

Emerging Technologies, Medium and Long Term, Operational Impact, Rotorcraft

Background

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.

Objectives

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.

Topics

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.

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