03/02/2021

NAVAIR Seeks to Replace Seahawks and Fire Scouts

NAVAIR Seeks to Replace Seahawks and Fire Scouts – link

Source: UAS Vision

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  • Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has posted a request for information (RFI) for an Analysis of Alternatives for what it is calling the Future Vertical Lift-Maritime Strike (FVL-MS) program
  • The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N98) has directed an Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) be conducted to support efforts to identify cost-effective alternatives to fill capability gaps in the MH-60R/S and MQ-8C as they begin to reach their end of service in the 2030s
  • N98 has identified a requirement to assess potential solutions for:
    • Capability gaps due to the increasingly sophisticated adversary as well as
    • Capacity gaps incurred with ageing and expected retirement of the MH-60 Seahawk helicopters and the MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Air Vehicles. Identification of solution options for these gaps for a family of manned and unmanned systems is of paramount importance and is expected to support the broad range of decisions associated with the recapitalization of the MH-60 Seahawk helicopters and the MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Air Vehicles systems
  • The alternatives will be evaluated for Naval Aviation Contributions across the full range of mission areas. Each unique attribute category was defined to assess potential capability gaps in this timeframe for these scenarios. They are (in no order of importance):
    • Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting (ISR&T)
    • Surface Warfare (SUW)
    • Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
    • Mine Counter Measures (MCM)
    • Air Warfare (AW)
    • Electronic Warfare (EW)
    • Search and Rescue (SAR)
    • Command and Control
    • SOF Support
    • Embark Aviation and Air Capable Ships
    • Conduct Logistics
    • Conduct Patient Movement
    • Signature Control
  • Final responses to the RFI must be received no later than 5:00 PM EDT [13 April 2021; 75 calendar days from release]
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