Next Generation Rotorcraft Capabilities

The Vertical Flight Society has supported the development of the NATO Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) High Visibility Project since 2017, including hosting meetings at our Annual Forums, supporting collaboration with leaders from the US, UK and other countries, and covering the activities in our Vertiflite magazine. This page was established as a resource for those interested in learning more about NGRC. 

NGRC Overview

In June 2022, six countries — France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK — signed a memorandum of understanding committing to the Concept Stage, with Canada, Spain and the US also engaged. Under the NGRC program, NATO is seeking to develop a medium-class, multi-role rotorcraft for initial service entry between 2035 and 2040.

Vertiflite Updates on NGRC:

NATO Launch of NGRC

Other NATO Documents US Army Documents
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The Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability High Visibility Project, creates a multinational framework under which its participants can combine efforts to work on design, development and delivery of a medium multi-role helicopter.

A significant amount of the medium multi-role assets currently in service by Allies, will reach the end of their life cycle in the 2035-40 period and beyond, with the subsequent need for replacements. These existing inventories are all based on designs dating back to the previous century. The aim of the NGRC initiative is to respond to this upcoming requirement, in a timely and cost-effective manner, while concurrently leveraging a broad range of recent advances in technology, production methods, and operational concepts.

NATO differentiates between three different classes of vertical lift capabilities: light, medium, and heavy. The difference lies in the payload that can be carried. The NGRC concept phase will focus initially on medium multi-role capabilities, taking into account the speed of the technological evolution and participants’ future requirements. 

VFS advocates for issues of importance to vertical flight and has been very successful over the past quarter century in championing the advancement of rotorcraft technology. VFS has a proud legacy of advocacy work, including supporting the establishment of the NGRC High Visibility Project.