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Textron Rolls Out Ripsaw Robot For RCV-Light … And RCV-Medium

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Ripsaw design is so flexible, the company claims, it can scale up and down for different missions.

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Bell Unveils Army Scout Helicopter — With Wings

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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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House Members Seek NDAA Language to Force Light-Attack Aircraft Buy

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Phil Clay, a former Navy test pilot for the Imminent Fury/Combat Dragon close air support experiments, says the Air Force should purchase “at least a wing” (20 planes) of the Light-Attack Aircraft for SOCOM and the so-called foreign internal defense (FID) mission to combat insurgencies. 

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Textron Preps For Mass Production Of New Army Rifle

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Textron is not just betting it will win the Next Generation Squad Weapons contract: It’s betting the Army will want to start buying in bulk ASAP. That’s not a bad bet.

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Bell To Offer Conventional Helicopter For Army FARA Scout

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Instead of trying to scale down its tiltrotor technology, Bell will offer a derivative of its Bell 525. Will it have the speed and range the Army wants?

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Textron, Martin Win $99.5M For Army Scout Drone: FTUAS

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The new drone is just one part of an ambitious overhaul of Army aviation.

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Romania Inches Forward On Major Attack Helo Deal

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Romania, a NATO ally, is nervously watching Russian moves in the Black Sea, is spending big on American military kit.

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Commandos Buying Thousands of Small Missiles That Pack A Bigger Punch Than Hellfires

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As counterterrorism missions show no signs of slowing down and civilian casualties always a worry, the commando command is turning to a light, guided munition to chase down fast-moving targets.

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Bell Update On ‘Amazing’ V-280

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AUSA: Bell Helicopter is moving right along with its new V-280 Valor, a tiltrotor being built under the Army-led, multiservice Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. The V-280 – which flies at 280 knots cruising speed — resembles the bigger V-22 Osprey built by Bell and Boeing for the Marine Corps, Air Force Special Operations Command… Keep reading →

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Bell V-280 Revs Rotors In First Ground Test

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Bell’s V-280 tiltrotor didn’t take flight – not yet – but it has tilted its rotors into helicopter mode and spun them up during its first-ever “restrained ground run test.” This test mode plugs the whole aircraft into a bulky apparatus to ensure it doesn’t take off by accident. (That would be bad). The test… Keep reading →

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