Land Forces 2024

11-13 SEPTEMBER 2024



US Army Modernization - Future Vertical Lift

Thursday 12 September
1300 – 1400

This event is open to all Land Forces trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates.

NOTE: While attendance to this session is free for all participants, entry is not guaranteed. Seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and once the venue reaches its maximum capacity, access will be closed.

The Land Forces 2024 Theatrette, (Stand J231) Exhibition Ground Level, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre


US Army in December 2022 selected the Bell V-280 tiltrotor as their Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA), with the first units to be operational from 2031.
US Army Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, Douglas R. Bush, has called the program Army's "highest aviation modernization priority. FLRAA will provide effective assault and MEDEVAC capabilities, with significantly increased speed, range, and endurance."
This joint presentation by Bell VP Military Sales and Strategy Carl Coffman with the US Army FLRAA Program Office will provide an update on this 'game-changing' technology - first directed by Congress in 2008.
FLRAA is a key part of US Army aviation modernization, as a replacement for the 1970s-era Blackhawk, and to ensure US ‘overmatch' in regions such as the IndoPacific.
Not only does the aircraft signal a transformative leap in rotorcraft performance - perhaps not seen since the Vietnam War - but FLRAA will potentially change the way the US Army moves and fights, with implications for Allies and partners.
The program brings evolutionary changes in digital design, a 'soldier-centric' approach to development, MOSA architecture, new weapons and sensors, advanced manufacturing and training technologies.


Carl Coffman
Carl Coffman

Vice President
FVL Strategy

Carl Coffman is the VP, FVL Strategy..  In this role, he is responsible for domestic and global market strategy and customer interface developing Advanced Vertical Lift Systems capabilities focused on Department of Defense Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Programs.   Prior to  this role he worked in Global Military Business Development and Sales and Strategy for the V-280. 

Carl joined Bell in 2016 following a 29-year career as an Army Aviator.  He has served in various attack helicopter units throughout the United States, Europe and Korea.  He has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. His last deployment was as the Chief of Staff, NATO Training Mission, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan.  He has served as an attack helicopter observer controller, and staff trainer at the National Training Center and Battle Command Training Program.  Other notable assignments include Executive Officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (IE&E) and Inspector General/Director Commander’s Action Group, IMCOM.  He had the privilege of commanding at the Battalion and Brigade level.

Carl is originally from West Columbia, Texas.  He graduated from Texas A&M in 1987 with a BS and earned a MS from Central Michigan University .  He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and is a rotary wing aviator qualified in the UH-1, OH-58 and AH-64.

COL Jeffrey Poquette PM, FLRAA
COL Jeffrey Poquette PM, FLRAA

PEO AVIATION, U.S. Army Program Executive Office - Aviation

Colonel Jeffrey Poquette is a native of Long Island, New York and a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, Class of 2000. Upon graduation he was commissioned an Aviation Officer and attended flight school. His first operational assignment was with the 25th Aviation Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. There he served as a Black Hawk Helicopter pilot and Assault Platoon Leader, and as an Assistant Operations Officer at both the Battalion and Brigade levels. In 2004 he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following his first tour with the 25th ID, he attended graduate school and completed the International Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program at the University of South Carolina where he graduated as the recipient of the “Distinguished Student Award.” Following graduate school, COL Poquette assumed command of the Charlie Company, 2-25 Aviation Regiment “Wolfpack,” an Assault Helicopter Company within the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB). In 2009, he deployed the company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After command, he was assigned as the 25th CAB’s Chief of Operations where he was responsible for day-to-day oversight of all Army Aviation operations in Northern Iraq. 

Hosted by Bell Textron Australia 

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