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FVL: Next Steps For UH-60 & Shadow Replacements In ‘Weeks’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


How can Army accelerate its Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft when one leading contender started flight tests just seven days ago?

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SB>1 Defiant Takes Flight: Can It Catch Bell?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The thing that delayed Defiant, it turns out, is the same thing that makes it really attractive to the Army.

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Bell’s V-280 Tiltrotor Is Part F-35

Posted by Richard Whittle on


AUSA: Bell Helicopter’s exhibit at this week’s Association of the United States Army convention includes a full-scale mockup of the V-280 Valor, the new tiltrotor the company is building. From the outside, it sure looks like a close cousin of the V-22 Osprey. Under the skin, the V-280 seems a lot more like a prop-driven F-35. The… Keep reading →

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We Defy You to Ride the SB>1 Simulator With Us

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AUSA: As a rule of thumb, the aerodynamics of rotor blades limit helicopters to top cruising speeds well under 200 mph, but Sikorsky and Boeing are building an aircraft they promise will thumb its nose at that rule. It’s a compound helicopter – two coaxial rotors and a pusher propeller – that they promise will… Keep reading →

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Month After Us, Bell Unveils V-247 Vigilant Tiltrotor Drone

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Bell Helicopter confirmed Thursday what the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps, Lt. Gen. Jon “Dog” Davis, told Breaking Defense a month ago. The company is designing a new tiltrotor drone about the size of the Air Force’s armed MQ-9 Reaper, with similar capabilities, that it hopes the Marines will buy. They call it the V-247… Keep reading →

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Big SPAR Army Review May Topple ITEP

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Critics say the Army could end up wasting billions by developing a better engine for its Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk and Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters even as the joint Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative gets underway to replace those aircraft. The critics are wrong, program officials assure us. But the critics still disagree. A new Army… Keep reading →

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