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

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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

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What Will Boeing Offer For Army’s FARA Scout? Don’t Ask.

Posted by Richard Whittle on


Whatever their aircraft is like, Boeing’s PR strategy is definitely stealthy. There’s a strategic reason for that.

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Bell Unveils Army Scout Helicopter — With Wings

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


With its trademark tiltrotors too big for the Army’s FARA requirement, Bell is squeezing every ounce of performance out of a helicopter. Will it be fast enough?

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Sikorsky Be Nimble: S-97 Raider Shows Off For Army FARA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Flying sideways, backwards, in pirouettes, and in a markedly quiet stealth mode, the hybrid helicopter-turboprop demonstrated the maneuverability the Army considers essential to survive high-tech future battles with Russia or China.

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Sikorsky: S-97 Raider Is Safe At Any Speed

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The company is confident that there is no inherent flaw in the design. Instead, they say, there was a software error that would have hamstrung any aircraft — and that error won’t happen again.

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ITEP: GE Defends Its Helicopter Engine

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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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House Armed Services Scrutinizes F-35 Costs, ABMS, Army Modernization

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The HASC wants an independent cost estimate on the F-35 and some detail — any detail — on the plan to replace AWACS. It’s also a little curious about robot tanks.

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ATEC Appeals To Hill For Helicopter Engine Dough

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Rebuffed by the Army and GAO in its bid to re-engine aging helicopters, ATEC has gone over their heads to Congress and asked legislators for a second chance.

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V-280 Passes Key Agility Test: Bell

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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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