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V-280 Passes Key Agility Test: Bell

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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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Marines: FVL Intriguing, BUT CH-53K Is Essential

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The Marines are hellbent on fielding the troubled CH-53K helicopter to supply the far-flung island outposts they plan on using against China.

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Invisible, Essential: Open Architecture For Army Aircraft

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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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300, 200, 100: V-280 Valor’s Latest Milestones

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Bell’s prototype tiltrotor keeps pulling ahead of rivals — but the race to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk is far from over.

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

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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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Don’t Panic About Apaches: Army Not Junking Gunships

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Will the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft “replace” some AH-64 Apache gunships? Sort of, technically — but that’s a misleading slice of a bigger story.

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

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

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Army Helicopters Underfunded (Even Worse Than Everything Else): CSIS

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Every Breaking Defense reader has a good idea how huge the US military’s modernization backlog is. But it sometimes takes a deep dive to show how big the problem is. In a new study by the Center for Strategic & International Studies — embedded below — scholars Gabriel Coll, Andrew Hunter, and Robert Karlen look… Keep reading →

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

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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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