The US Navy is preparing for the Future Vertical Lift Maritime Strike (MSA) ATCO program after the US Army launched its own ATCO, which is an official search for possible successors to the Sikorsky MH-60R / S Seahawk helicopters and the unmanned MQ-8B promotes / C Fire Scout. Navy officials are planning an Analysis of Alternatives, or AoA, to find cost-effective solutions to fill the capacity gaps of these aircraft as they near the end of their life in the 2030s. This is evident from an advertisement published on November 29th on the US government’s internet recruitment platform.
The requirements for an ATCO-MS were approved in November 2019 and are expected to enter service in the mid-2030s, around the same time as the future long-range attack aircraft FLRAA (Future Long Range Assault Aircraft) of the US Army -60 Back Hawk.
According to the AoA, the MH-60 Seahawk helicopters and the unmanned aerial vehicles are MQ-8 ?? Fire Scout ?? are the pillars of the concept of marine helicopter operations for the 21st century. The combat capabilities they offer, whether in air force squadrons deployed under the command of the commanders of these wings, or in expeditionary units for warships and logistics, are unmatched in naval warfare. The ATCO is a US Army program that aims to replace experienced ground aircraft with a family of faster and more technologically advanced helicopters. In addition to FLRAA, it contains the FARA (Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft), which will fill the void created by the withdrawal of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. and the FTUAS (Future Tactical Unmanned Aerial System), which will replace the RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle
The Bell V-280 Valor of the broken swingarm and the Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant X compete under the FLRAA. A version of one of the two aircraft could fit the Navy project and replace the navalized version of the Black Hawk. Bell is playing with the design of a variant of the V-280 that is optimized for use on board ships and contains a three-rod rotary cannon and hellfire rocket launcher inside. When Sikorsky and Boeing presented the SB> 1 Defiant with coaxial composite rotors, they presented it in a maritime way. In a video released in 2015, they showed animations of the plane with curved blades going up the elevator from a hangar and taking off from the deck of a ship. The US Navy and the US Marine Corps have long considered linking the development of a new naval supply aircraft to the US Army’s ATCO program.
The MS was originally referred to as an ATCO-scale Capability Set 2 that would eventually replace everything from attack aircraft to CH-47 heavy transport helicopters. FLRAA was originally Capability Set 3 until it became a funded program, and FARA is derived from ATCO Capability Set 1. The CapSet 2 was originally designed as a medium transport helicopter with a speed between 170 and 270 knots and a combat range between 555 and 810 km and offers space for 8 to 10 passengers.
It would have an internal payload of up to 2,260 kg. and externally from 3,600. All of this can change as the U.S. Navy pushes ahead with its AoA and the development of formal requirements for ATCO-MS. MH-60 Seahawks fly from naval vessels to carry out a variety of missions including submarine and surface warfare, surveillance, communications link, combat search and rescue, and logistical support. The MQ-8C is an unmanned version of the Bell 407 with a range of 150 nautical miles that, in conjunction with manned helicopters, can take off and land autonomously from naval vessels. Both models need to be replaced to face increasingly demanding opponents and long-awaited shutdowns.
The ability of ATCO-MS aircraft to perform more than a dozen specified missions in no particular order in the Navy’s AoA is assessed: Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting, or ISR&T (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting); Anti-Surface Warfare or ASuW (Anti-Surface Warfare); Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW); Mine Counter Measures, or MCM; Air Warfare or AW (Air Warfare); electronic warfare or EW (Electronic Warfare); Search and Rescue or SAR (Search and Rescue); Steering and control; Support of special forces; Boarding ships with air capacity; Logistics; Movement of patients; and control of acoustic and thermal signatures reduced.
Photo: The MH-60R is in service today and is used by the U.S. Navy as the primary submarine and surface protection system in the open ocean and coastal areas (Photo by Lockheed Martin).
SB picture> 1 ?? Defiant? Takeoff from the deck of a US Navy ship.
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