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AUSA2011: Boeing displays ideas for next-gen rotorcraft

The US Army wants to buy a new family of high speed rotorcraft by 2030. Four companies have been awarded study contracts by the Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) — AVX Corp, Bell Boeing, Boeing and Sikorsky. Three of the four concepts were on display in the exhibit hall of the Association of the US […]

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The US military’s helicopter replacement master plan

The US military plans to reduce about 25 different helicopter types today into four models of a next-generation of vertical lift aircraft. We’ve known this for a few years already, but the full scope and vision for the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) studies guiding the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) has eluded this blogger until now. The […]

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Russia talks stealthy, 370mph combat helicopter

Maybe you’ve been asking yourself: how will Russia ever replace the legendary Mi-24 Hind?So, it turns out, has Russia. Russian Helicopters Holdings, the corporate umbrella for Kamov, Kazan, Mil and Rostvertol, told the Moscow press yesterday the company will invest $1 billion to to develop a “fifth-generation helicopter”. CEO Andrei Shibitov did not provide details, […]

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Bell Helicopter reveals “Hybrid Tandem Rotor” to replace AH-64 and UH-60

The mysterious sign in Bell Helicopter’s exhibit space today at the Army Aviation Associaton of America’s (Quad-A) convention simply reads: “It’s not a tiltrotor … what is it?”It is Bell’s candidate for replacing both the AH-64 and UH-60 with an all-new configuration called the Hybrid Tandem Rotor, Robert Kenney, Bell’s executive VP for government programs, […]

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Finally the army says: Make me a new helicopter

Army aviation is in pretty good shape (ignoring for a moment the recurring ARH-70 fiasco), but there’s one glaring omission. No all-new military helicopter has entered the fleet since the early 1980s. The cancellation of the costly RAH-66 Comanche in 2004 allowed the army to revitalize its aviation branch, but it also meant that it […]

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