Congress Adds to FVL FY19 Funding

US Capitol BuildingToday, June 13, 2018, the US House of Representatives's Appropriations Committee approved the Defense Subcommittee (HAC-D) draft of the fiscal year 2019 Defense Appropriations bill, which was released on June 6

The bill included an additional $20M for Future Vertical Lift (FVL) under the Army’s “Advanced Aviation Technology” S&T funding line (Program Element 0603003A). If this additional $20M becomes law, it will total $70M over the past five years 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. 

In addition to being the highest mark we’ve received, it’s also the highest percentage — this year our request was $24M. See www.vtol.org/FVL-FY18 for past years’ successes.

Including other non-FVL efforts, the total FY18 HAC-D funding addition for this PE is $40.6M, for a total budget line of $165.558M:

  • rotorcraft automated component tracking: +$6M
  • future vertical lift: +$20M
  • advanced helicopter seating system: +$5M
  • surface tolerant adhesive for bonded airframe structure: +$5M
  • joint tactical aerial resupply vehicle (JTARV): +$3M
  • date refinement and optimization for aviation sustainment: +$1.6M

The HAC-D the report is available at: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20180613/108421/HRPT-115-HR_Defense.PDF. The above numbers are from the table on pg 226.

In addition, there are these FVL-relevant statements (not requested by AHS/VFS-VLC):

Page 117:

APACHE UPGRADES: The Committee is aware that the Army has sought information from industry on the state of technology that could be incorporated into a potential materiel solution for replacement of the targeting and pilotage sensor systems on the AH–64 Apache. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to pursue upgrades to the Apache mission systems in order to close existing capability gaps and mature technology which may be adaptable for the Future Vertical Lift program. The Committee further encourages the Secretary of the Army to acquire these system upgrades using full and open competition.

Page 234:

IMPROVED TURBINE ENGINE PROGRAM: The Committee understands the Army is advancing research and development of the Improved Turbine Engine Program and is exploring ways to accelerate the development and fielding of this program. The Improved Turbine Engine Program is intended to develop a more fuel efficient and powerful engine for the current UH–60 Black Hawk and AH–64 Apache helicopter fleets. This new engine will increase operational capabilities in high and hot environments, increase range, and improve fuel efficiency while reducing the Army’s logistics footprint, and operational and support costs. The Committee recommends fully funding the Improved Turbine Engine Program in fiscal year 2019 and encourages the Secretary of the Army to ensure that the program is funded appropriately in future years budget submissions.

Page 235:

JOINT MULTI-ROLE PROGRAM: The Committee acknowledges that the development of a helicopter emergency oil system under the Joint Multi-Role program may increase the combat survivability of the platforms under development. Such a system could potentially slow the engine oil drainout providing additional flight time and offering the pilot and passengers the necessary time to carry out evasive landing maneuvers to safely land the rotary wing aircraft. The Committee encourages the Secretary of the Army to consider investing in the further development of this technology.

For fiscal 2019, the Trump Administration requests for the Army Aviation RDT&E funding, all down somewhat from fiscal 2018, are as follows:

  • $64.8M for 0602211A Aviation Applied Technology (6.2)
  • $125M for PE 0603003A Aviation Advanced Technology (6.3)
  • $10.8M for 0603801A Aviation Advanced Development (6.4)

A detailed report on the final FY18 budget and FY19 budget request was published in the May/June 2018 Vertiflite

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

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 2018-06-13