CR slowing Future Vertical Lift analysis of alternatives

By Aidan Quigley / January 18, 2022 at 12:27 PM

The continuing resolution is slowing the launch of the Navy's Future Vertical Lift analysis of alternatives, a program spokeswoman told Inside Defense Friday.

Navy spokeswoman Megan Wasel said the enactment of the continuing resolution and the timing of documentation submission has led to the delays in launching the analysis of alternatives.

The materiel development decision that will precede the nine-month analysis of alternatives was expected last fall.

Wasel said the program has submitted the documentation for the materiel development decision to the Navy’s acquisition chief.

The continuing resolution, which is in effect through Feb. 18, has had wide-ranging effects on the Navy.

The Navy is seeking the future vertical lift capability with maritime strike to replace its current fleet of MH-60R/S helicopters and MQ-8B/C unmanned air vehicles.

Despite the delays, Wasel said no impacts to the materiel solutions analysis phase are anticipated.