AVX joins Bell, Sikorsky/Boeing for Army’s JMR-TD development

The US Army has picked AVX Aircraft Company’s design for its high-speed Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program.

AVX, which was formed by Bell Helicopter veterans in 2005, says it is in negotiations with the service for a JMR-TD contract, which is expected to be awarded in mid-September. The company joins Bell and a joint Sikorsky/Boeing team in being selected for the program, which is expected to lead into the army’s nascent Future Vertical Lift effort to replace the Sikorsky UH-60 and potentially the Boeing AH-64 Apache in the 2030s.

“The AVX proposal offers the capabilities the Army wants for the future fleet of utility and attack aircraft at a very attractive price,” the company says. Like the Sikorsky/Boeing design, AVX’s proposed design is a coaxial-rotor compound machine.

JMR MPS Attack Operational Suitability 300 (2).jpgAVX says it has teamed with “a number of experienced aerospace companies for development of the AVX JMR design”, which the company claims will mean a lower price tag than the competing designs.

Meanwhile, Piasecki, another smaller firm competing for the army’s business, did the not make the grade. “Unfortunately Piasecki was NOT selected for the JMR-TD,” the company says. Additionally, EADS North America dropped out of the program–it is not known if their design was found to be acceptable by the army or not.JMR MPS Utility Operational Suitability 300 (2).jpg



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