Here’s how Airbus and Leonardo will study the military helicopter of the future

Here's how Airbus and Leonardo will study the military helicopter of the future

Airbus Helicopters and Leonardo Helicopters will jointly lead the EU's Next Generation Rotorcraft Technologies (NGRT) project for the military helicopters of the future

Leonardo and Airbus lead the consortium that won the European helicopter program of the future.

Last week, the European Commission announced an investment of nearly € 1.2 billion to support 61 defense research and development projects under the European Defense Fund (EDF).

Among these is the Next Generation Rotorcraft Technologies (NGRT) of the European Union (EU) for the development of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) assets for the period after 2035. "In this context, the 2 companies will drive at par a consortium of 24 European partners with the aim of studying the new requirements, characteristics and key capabilities of future helicopter technologies in the military field ”explains Pietro Batacchi, director of Rid .

As Janes points out, Leonardo and Airbus announced the collaboration agreement at the end of July, underlining that the project will pave the way for the future of military airplanes in Europe.

All the details.

FINANCING THROUGH EDF

Therefore Airbus Helicopters and Leonardo Helicopters will jointly lead the NGRTUE project for the development of vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOL).

The European Commission will finance the project for 40 million euros through the European Defense Fund (EDF).

THE NGRT PROGRAM AWARDED BY LEONARDO AND AIRBUS

The NGRT program “concerns research into future technologies and the future operational environment (Foe) and future operational concepts (Foc) of military Vtol systems in the 2035/2040 horizon”.

These include operability and operational flexibility; accessibility both in terms of procurement and life cycle cost; sustainability and operational readiness; interoperability for joint and combined operations and collaborative combat and resilience.

THE OTHER ITALIAN GROUPS ON BOARD

Furthermore, “among the other Italian companies part of the consortium we remember Mbda Italia, Elettronica, AvioAero, the Politecnico di Milano and CIRA (Italian Aerospace Research Center)” underlines Rid .


This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/smartcity/ue-airbus-e-leonardo-studieranno-insieme-lelicottero-militare-del-futuro/ on Sun, 31 Jul 2022 06:26:17 +0000.