As international defence forces rebalance towards a more peer-to-peer footing, armed forces operating military rotorcraft that have proved so invaluable throughout the asymmetric conflicts of the previous decades, must now ensure that they remain relevant in a much more challenging environment.
However, there is a drive not only in North America but also within NATO to replace traditional rotorcraft designs with new concepts that will offer greater speed, longer range and increased performance particularly in hot and high conditions. Within this there is an emphasis on survivability, not only over the battlefield but also when faced with challenging conditions particularly in degraded visual environments.
2019’s conference was supported by the NATO Joint Capabilities Group (JCG) Vertical Lift (VL) Team of Experts (ToE) who examined the potential of a Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC).
Several of the NATO ToE presented on a selection of the activities covered by the JCG VL. There was a broad overview of the Science and Technology Organisation (STO), including an overview of an examination of technical areas that will drive future rotorcraft and covered areas including: Active Flight Control Systems; Advanced Avionic Architectures; Increased Performance; Human factors; Survivability; Materials and Manufacturing; and Cost of Ownership Reduction (ST-005).