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4 Flights, 3 Hours, 20 Knots: Boeing’s Defiant Inches Ahead

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Mechanical fixes kept the SB>1 compound helicopter grounded for weeks this summer, but Sikorsky insists they can catch up.

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ITEP: GE Defends Its Helicopter Engine

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Leaked extracts from an Army review tell only part of the story, a 12-year saga of extensive research, development, and testing, the company argues.

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V-280 Passes Key Agility Test: Bell

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Critics have argued the tiltrotor aircraft could never be as nimble at low speed and low altitude as a helicopter. Bell says it’s proven them wrong.

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FARA: Why AVX Has A Shot At Army Scout

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Dark horse design house AVX has never built a complete aircraft. The Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft competition just might change that.

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Marines: FVL Intriguing, BUT CH-53K Is Essential

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The Marines are hellbent on fielding the troubled CH-53K helicopter to supply the far-flung island outposts they plan on using against China.

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Invisible, Essential: Open Architecture For Army Aircraft

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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

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

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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

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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

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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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