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Delivering the Future of Vertical Lift
Delivering the Future of Vertical Lift

When your mission relies on delivering the future, you can rely on us

The future of vertical flight requires new thinking, new technologies, new materials, and innovative designs to enable helicopters to fly faster and further, to improve payload, to lower operating costs, to improve reliability, be easier to maintain and operate, and to deliver superior mission capability.

At Honeywell, we pride ourselves on our innovation, born from our long and demonstrated heritage in the military rotorcraft market. Innovation that we are applying to solving the biggest challenges related to delivering the future of vertical lift. 

Our engine technology for example, can deliver twice the speed and range of current and competing offerings. Our connected offerings are making it easier, and more cost effective to manage maintenance and logistics, as well as enabling connected missions through fast, reliable and secure Wi-Fi. We are developing sensors, visualization, modular software components and open system computing to enable critical FVL missions, and so much more.

And running through all these capabilities is our commitment to deliver the open architecture design the Army needs to be ready for anything.

What it takes to deliver the Future of Helicopter Flight:

Increased Range and Speed

Our engine technology is utilizing innovative material technology, design, and re-defined processes to deliver a step change in range and speed. Our innovations are driving towards doubling the speed and range of helicopter operations to support the future mission requirements.

Improved Payload and Hot/High Performance

Our heritage in delivering engines designed to carry significant payload means we are uniquely positioned to take that heritage and radically improve performance in this area. Technology innovations designed to enable more fuel, troops, and cargo to be carried onboard are critical to delivering the Future Vertical Lift requirements.

Our engine technology has been at the forefront of helicopter operations, both in the US and internationally for decades. We have enabled the most critical hot and high missions to be successfully completed and we understand the absolute necessity of maintaining engine performance in these most challenging environments.

Reduced Size, Weight and Power Consumption (SWaP)

Our battle-proven capability across the complex network of systems required to deliver helicopter missions means we are uniquely positioned to assess SWaP impact at the platform level. Our systems are enabling navigation, radar, ground-proximity warning, power generation, environmental control systems and connectivity, to name a few. This comprehensive network of systems enables us to assess the wholistic impact of Size, Weight and Power Consumption and optimize accordingly. Enabling superior capability with minimum SWaP requirements.

Connected Missions

The need for interoperability to enable joint operations is paramount. To meet this requirement connectivity is key, as is the security of mission-critical data. Our connected portfolio is delivering a transformation in the sharing of mission-critical information, end-to-end security and encryption. With hardware and software solutions designed to enable the ability to send and receive situational-awareness data such as voice, text, graphics, imagery and video, our customers can rely on fast, stable connections across a spectrum of networks. And with our comprehensive and demonstrated capability in providing cybersecurity solutions for military requirements, you can rely on us to connect your mission securely.

Condition-Based Maintenance

The future of vertical lift requires a revolution in the way helicopters are maintained. The missions of tomorrow will necessitate a shift away from time-based maintenance activities to data-driven, condition-based actions. We have been delivering condition-based maintenance for military helicopters for decades. We are taking our expertise and experience in this area and coupling it with our innovation, especially with our connected portfolio. It means we can access more data points than ever before, often in real-time and we can use that data to formulate predictive maintenance trends, create usage-based maintenance models and deliver a much sleeker overall maintenance operation, enabling longer time between maintenance events and reducing downtime of the helicopter.

Commonality and Open Architecture

At the heart of the success of the Future Vertical Lift program is the need for commonality of systems to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in areas such as training, support equipment, maintenance and overhaul processes and procedures, supply chains and so much more. 

Honeywell is already embedded across the current in-service helicopter fleet and we have been working closely with the Army to maximize the benefits of common systems in service today. For the FVL program, we are taking a holistic approach to our system design to ensure commonality across the current and future fleet. 

We are also deeply committed to providing the Army with the Modular Open Architecture (MOSA) design they need to deliver their mission. We are working to support the MOSA approach to deliver greater flexibility, reduced time to deployment and cost efficiencies for the US Army.

We are a committed partner to US Army Aviation, today, across the in-service fleet, and in the future to enable the FVL program.