The Army has introduced that the procurement course of for the Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System is accelerating.
“The acquisition course of continues to maneuver ahead for our Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System program,” an announcement notes. “Following the FTUAS Increment 1 Request for White Papers final month, the Army launched a Request for Prototype Proposals Sept. 30, 2021, for Increment 1 with trade replies due by the top of October.
“Additionally, the FTUAS Increment 2 Request for White Papers was launched Oct. 1, 2021, by the Aviation Missile Technology Consortium.”
The finally chosen craft or crafts will exchange the RQ-7B Shadow in floor maneuver fight groups. A roster of necessities name for, amongst different standards, VTOL functionality, simple transportability, a lowered acoustic signature, and a Modular Open Systems Approach permitting for the change of subtle sensor and different payloads.
“As the alternative for the RQ-7B Shadow, the FTUAS would be the brigade commanders’ main day/night time reconnaissance, surveillance and goal acquisition system,” in response to an earlier launch from the Army’s Program Executive Office, Aviation. “It will enable the commander to see and perceive the battle house and acquire situational consciousness on the battle subject.”
Proposed program of document fielding is presently estimated for 2025.