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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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Invisible, Essential: Open Architecture For Army Aircraft

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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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Baby Steps For Defiant As Army Accelerates FVL

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

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Sikorsky-Boeing photo

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?

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Photo courtesy Sikorsky and Boeing.

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 V-280 Valor: Anniversary Tour?

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“We … are looking at opportunities to do a road trip,” Bell executive Keith Flail told me. “Can we take the V-280 to a handful of key Army and Marine Corps installations to show capabilities to the force?”

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Taking Sikorsky’s Scout Simulator For A Spin (Literally)

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“It’s much more like a fighter aircraft than a helicopter,” Sikorsky’s test pilot tells me in the video as he maneuvers gleefully.
“Whoa, warn me next time!” I say after a particularly nifty/nauseating roll.

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Bell Pushes V-280 Gunship, Shipboard Variants: Recon In Works

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Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. photo

One variant, in Army colors, has missile racks sticking out of what was originally the passenger cabin — a conversion that units could potentially install or remove as needed in the field. The other, with Marine Corps markings, is a sleeker thoroughbred gunship with internal weapons bays, stealth features, and folding wings to fit in shipboard hangars.

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Uncertainty & Anxiety About Army’s New Scout Aircraft

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WASHINGTON: After months of hints, the Army announced Friday it wants competing prototypes of a Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft flying by 2023. But there’s a deal of uncertainty — even anxiety — about what the Army wants. “Industry can develop whatever the government tells them what they want, if it sticks to the requirements and… Keep reading →

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Sikorsky Flies Triple Threat For FVL: Light, Medium, & Robot

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CRYSTAL CITY: This is the year Sikorsky catches up on the Future Vertical Lift program, company executives told reporters Monday. Yes, last year arch-rival Bell Helicopter was first to fly its entry in the Joint Multi-Role flight demonstration, the official lead-in to FVL. But this year Sikorsky will fly not one but three different aircraft… Keep reading →

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