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Army’s Shift To FVL Poses Big Risks For Small Suppliers

WASHINGTON: What worries the Army’s aviation acquisition chief as he helps industry get ready to build a revolutionary new generation of aircraft in the midst of a global pandemic? “It’s the mom and pop shops,” Patrick Mason said today. “It’s the Tier 3 suppliers, typically on the hardware side.”

“Those are the ones we remain focused on, because those are those are the ones that can end up in a single point failure,” the program executive officer for Army aviation continued.  “That’s what we’re doing right now through COVID and we’re going to continue to do that as we look …to Future Vertical Lift.”

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