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V-280 Passes Key Agility Test: Bell

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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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

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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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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GE’s ITEP Win & The Army’s Inch-By-Inch Revolution

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Having wasted tens of billions and almost 30 years since the end of the Cold War, the Army is out of time. But after decades of incremental improvements, its existing weapons — including the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that GE’s new engine will upgrade – are overweight, underpowered, and running out of room to grow. Meanwhile, the Army’s attempts at a high-tech great leap forward kept getting cancelled as unaffordable, unfeasible, or both.

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SB>1 Revs Up In Ground Test: Expert Expects First Flight ‘In Weeks’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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“Now that they’ve completed the initial ground run, the team can finish its work to clear the aircraft for first flight,” said Mike Hirschberg, executive director of the Vertical Flight Society. “Assuming the Defiant team doesn’t find anything noteworthy from its ground testing, it should be up in the air in the next few weeks.”

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Uncertainty & Anxiety About Army’s New Scout Aircraft

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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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Buy A New Helo Engine? The Army Thinks It Can, Thinks It Can…

Posted by Richard Whittle on


After more than seven years of designing and testing how to make new, more powerful, and incredibly fuel efficient engines for its AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and UH-60 Black Hawk utility birds, the Army has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP). The Army’s “top aviation priority” thus takes a baby step closer to becoming a… Keep reading →

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