Army Awards FTUAS Option 2 – Both with Trillium Engineering Integration

FTUAS Contenders

The U.S. Army has entered the second agreement option period for the Future Tactical Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (FTUAS) Rapid Prototyping Program, advancing Griffon Aerospace, Incorporated and Textron Systems Corporation. This period starts on September 26, 2023, and involves the Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Project Management Office (UAS PMO) continuing to assess weapon system designs submitted by Project Agreement Holders (PAHs) leading to a Critical Design Review (CDR) to establish the final system design.

During the first agreement option period, the UAS PMO evaluated PAH submissions based on performance, cost, schedule, risk, and Army priorities, concluding with a Preliminary Design Review. After the CDR, the remaining PAHs will engage in flight demonstrations and third-party verification related to the Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) in the third agreement option period. This will be followed by the delivery of production representative weapon systems and support equipment for testing and operational demonstrations.

FTUAS is a critical component of the Army's modernization strategy for Future Vertical Lift and is designed to offer advantages such as vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability, on-the-move command and control, reduced logistics requirements, and enhanced survivability due to reduced noise. It will significantly improve the Brigade Combat Team's ability to perform reconnaissance and surveillance in Multi-Domain Operations.

The FTUAS Rapid Prototyping Program operates under Other Transactional Authority with support from the Aviation and Missile Technical Consortium.

Read the full article: