Recently, an American political commentator and president of Frontiers of Freedom, a conservative think tank, raised concerns about the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of the U.S. Army’s Vertical Lift Modernization Program, particularly regarding the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA).

The analysis article presents a thought-provoking critique as to why the service “should rethink its design and development issues.”

But first of all, let’s discuss…

What’s the Vertical Lift Modernization Program?

The Vertical Lift Modernization Program (VLMP) is an initiative by the U.S. Army to modernize and upgrade the service’s vertical lift aircraft fleet. It seeks to develop and acquire advanced rotorcraft that will provide increased capabilities, improved performance, and enhanced survivability for future Army aviation operations.

The program encompasses several key initiatives, including the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program and the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. These initiatives aim to develop next-generation rotorcraft that will replace aging platforms such as the UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters.