Army seeks FTUAS white papers
On September 2, the U.S. Army posted a request for white papers for a future tactical unmanned aircraft system (FTUAS). White papers are due by 5:00 p.m. Central on September 17.
The Government is seeking White Papers for a Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS). The FTUAS requirement is for the Increment 1 to rapidly field a high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) solution by 2nd Quarter FY23 with first system delivered by 3rd Quarter FY22. The FTUAS requirement is for a runway independent, point take-off and landing, rapidly deployable Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) capability.
The FTUAS provides Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) an improved ability to execute Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S) operations that collect, develop, and report actionable intelligence information about the enemy. The FTUAS provides a distinct tactical advantage due to increased maneuverability through vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), improved command and control (C2) with an On-The-Move (OTM) capability, a reduced transportability and logistics footprint, as well as significantly improved survivability due to reduced sound signature.
FTUAS reduces the operational footprint with the introduction of VTOL and an expeditionary Ground Controller enabling movement on the battlefield with Army organic ground vehicle and rotary wing support. Ideally, Scalable Control Interface (SCI) integrates with FTUAS to enhance employability, command and control of multiple FTUAS, as well as develop a Common Operating Picture (COP).
FTUAS paired with SCI leverages autonomy, scalability, and interoperability to maximize battle space R&S objectives for Commanders. Ideally, the FTUAS air vehicle, mission system, and payloads will be Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) compliant to provide ease of upgrade and interchangeability to meet Commanders’ mission requirements.
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