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AUSA 2021: US Army remains sanguine on FVL schedule and cost estimates

14th October 2021 - 15:30 GMT | by David Isby in Washington DC

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The Bell Invictus 360 is one of the contenders in the Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) armed scout helicopter programme. (Image: Bell)

The US Army maintains a close watch on costs amid progress on major new rotorcraft programmes.

The Future Vertical Lift (FVL) rotorcraft programme is on course to get two new-design aircraft in service by 2030, MG Walter Rugen, head of the FVL Cross-Functional Team (CFT) for US Army Futures Command, said on 13 October during the annual AUSA event in Washington DC.

The Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA), intended to replace the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk, is now in the source selection phase. The two competing prototypes for the Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) armed scout helicopter, the Bell Invictus 360 and the Sikorsky Raider X2, are under construction.

Rugen acknowledged that

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