Army seeking industry input on FLRAA equipment cost

By Jaspreet Gill / October 18, 2019 at 11:58 AM

The Army is asking industry to provide input that could inform the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft program of record, a multiservice effort to replace the Black Hawk helicopter by 2030.

A recent Federal Business Opportunities notice states the service is seeking information on mission equipment systems and weapon system cost information that will inform FLRAA risk reduction activities.

The service is asking for information on mission equipment systems ready for production and suitable for integration on the FLRAA. Industry should provide a detailed system description of the capability solution, cost data and production capabilities among other requirements.

The Future Vertical Lift cross-functional team’s director, Brig. Gen. Wally Rugen, told reporters Wednesday at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting the service will be hosting an industry day in March or April next year to discuss FLRAA integrated mission equipment.

The Army is also asking industry to identify "cost estimating techniques for the development, production and operations and support phase costs between the next generation rotorcraft program and current/historical defense rotorcraft programs," according to the notice.

Responses should include specific cost estimation methods which identify changes to critical technologies and methods.

Industry should submit responses no later than Nov. 15.