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Bell Unveils Army Scout Helicopter — With Wings

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Bell Flight graphic

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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Army Fields Anti-Jam GPS In Germany This Fall

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Styrker-armored vehicles, from 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, arrive at Smardan Training Area, Romania, March 24, 2015. Saber Junction 15 includes 5,000 troops from 17 NATO allied and partner nations. http://www.army.mil/article/145053/Army_Europe_expands_Operation_Atlantic_Resolve_training_to_Romania__Bulgaria/

The first iteration of the new Assured Precision Navigation & Timing (APNT) kit will go to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Germany for evaluation.

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Failure IS An Option: Army Gen. Murray

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The Army must take risks to modernize, the Futures Command chief said, and the modernization effort will survive the inevitable failures along the way.

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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: Army, Marines, SOCOM Release Ambitious Specs For Future Aircraft

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Data from FLRAA RFI, 4 April 2019

The Army wants a lot out of its Black Hawk replacement, at $43 million apiece — but the Marines and special operators want even more.

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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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NGCV: Hard Choices In Bradley Replacement, RFP Out Friday

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Air Force photo

The Army will sacrifice some protection to fit two NGCVs on one Air Force C-17.

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Army Reboots Cruise Missile Defense: IFPC & Iron Dome

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Army photo

The new approach will focus on an urgent but largely unmet threat: Russian and Chinese cruise missiles.

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General Dynamics Griffin Takes Lead To Replace M2 Bradley: Analysis

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BAE CV90 Mark IV

BAE System’s CV90 Mark IV is the latest upgrade of a 25-year-old vehicle widely used in Europe; the Rheinmetall-Raytheon Lynx is an all-new design, although individual components have a good track record; but the General Dynamics Griffin III is in the middle, combining a new gun and new electronics with the time-tested chassis from the European ASCOD family.

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Army Wants Revolutionary Scout Aircraft For $30 Million, Same As Apache E

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screencap from Sikorsky video

The Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) must have enough artificial intelligence to fly unmanned at least part of the time, a secure network to control drones, and combination of speed and range that’s impossible for traditional helicopters.

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