Congress Adds to FVL FY18 Funding

US Capitol Building The FY18 Omnibus conference report was filed last night (March 21, 2018), which included the additional $10M for Future Vertical Lift (FVL) that had been approved in June by the House Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee (HAC-D), as well as an additional $5M for "rotary wing development" in the same budget line for the US Army's "Advanced Aviation Technology". (For more on FY18 advocacy efforts see "FY2018 FVL Actions," Dec. 22, 2017.)

When the FY18 Omnibus Bill was passed by the full US Congress and signed into law by the President, this totaled $50M that AHS — working with the Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC) and our industry partners — has succeeded in adding to the US Army's science and technology budget to reduce risk for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrations and the FVL initiative. 

Also added to the science and technology Budget Activity 31 was the Army Research Laboratory's Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle (see "The Army Research Lab (ARL) Looks to the Future of Vertical Flight," Vertiflite, Jan/Feb 2018).

A detailed report on the final FY18 budget and FY19 budget request was published in the May/June 2018 VertifliteTo summarize, AHS and VLC were successful in supporting the following FVL-related actions for FY18:

  • JMR Appropriations: $10M in appropriations was added to the science & technology budget for the US Army’s “Aviation Advanced Technology” (Program Element 0603003A) labeled "Future Vertical Lift" but is for the FVL S&T initiatitve, the Joint Multirole Rotorcraft (JMR) technology demonstration.
  • FVL Appropriations: The funding for the FVL acquisition program “Aviation Advanced Development” (PE 0603801A) was approved at the requested amount of $14.055M without change or comment.
  • FVL Authorization: AHS-VLC were successful in getting the following language included in the House 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

Future Vertical Lift – The committee is aware that the Army is continuing execution of the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) analysis of alternatives (AoA) during the fiscal year 2018, and the FVL initiative has been informed by concept definition efforts such as the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstration and the Vertical Lift Consortium.  The committee recommends that the Army continue leveraging existing Other Transaction Authority efforts to execute concept definition studies for the purpose of informing acquisition approaches and advancing vertical lift technologies in support of future requirements.  The committee encourages the Army to fully fund FVL efforts and to seek opportunities to accelerate the program based on performance and available resources.

Details on the JMR/FVL efforts and about how AHS-VLC has supported the initiation and furtherance of FVL is available at

AHS and VLC will continue to work with our partners and our representatives in the US Congress to support robust funding of Future Vertical Lift in the coming years. 

Posted 2018-03-22; updated 2018-06-13