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Invisible, Essential: Open Architecture For Army Aircraft

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Northrop Grumman photo

The Army will hold five demonstrations this year for the electronic backbone of its future manned aircraft and drones. A forerunner is already entering service.

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National Guard Will Get Black Hawk Replacement Early: Army Vice-Chief

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Army photo

FLRAA will go to select Guard units ahead of most of the regular Army, Gen. McConville said. That’s a far cry from past conflicts over helicopters.

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Army Tells Shoddy Suppliers: Shape Up

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Army photo

Quality control problems at Boeing are just part of wider supply shortfalls that could hamstring Army helicopters in a major war.

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Will Army Uncancel CH-47F Chinook Upgrade? Sec. Esper & Gen. McConville

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army wants to keep its options open on upgrading its heaviest cargo helicopter. Boeing is worried the window of opportunity — and its factory — will close before the Army makes up its mind.

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Baby Steps For Defiant As Army Accelerates FVL

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


screenshot from Sikorsky-Boeing video

The Sikorsky-Boeing super-copter has just over an hour of flight time, but the Army says it has all the data it needs to accelerate the program. How?

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300, 200, 100: V-280 Valor’s Latest Milestones

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Bell photo

Bell’s prototype tiltrotor keeps pulling ahead of rivals — but the race to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk is far from over.

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Rites of Spring: Mating V-280 Wing And Fuselage

Posted by Richard Whittle on


Bell Helicopter photo

CORRECTED: 280 knots equals 322 mph, not 245. Spring has sprung and at the Bell Helicopter factory in Amarillo, Texas, it’s mating season, of a sort. If all goes well, by September of next year a bird of a different feather will take flight – the V-280 Valor, a medium-lift tiltrotor transport whose wing and… Keep reading →

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Bell Unveils V-280 Valor Tiltrotor For Future Vertical Lift Program

Posted by Colin Clark on


Bell Helicopter has unveiled what may become what everyone hoped the V-22 Osprey would be, a tiltrotor able to operate at high altitudes for long ranges and with easily managed downwash. The new aircraft, to be known as the V-280 Valor, is the company’s offering for the Army’s Future Vertical Lift technology demonstration program. FVL… Keep reading →

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