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How the US Army’s FLRAA decision can affect other helicopter programmes

14th December 2022 - 17:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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Bell has received an FLRAA contract worth up to $1.3 billion. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Following the award of the US Army’s largest helicopter procurement in decades to the Bell V-280, questions remain as to what this means for the US's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft competition and helicopter procurement elsewhere.

Bell Textron’s V-280 Valor won the US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition last week, and the company has received a contract worth up to $1.3 billion with the initial obligation estimated at $232 million over the next 19 months.

As reported by Breaking Defense, US Army officials discussed how they arrived at the decision during a call with reporters in early December.

‘We were seeking the best value approach,’ said Maj Gen Robert Barrie, the US Army’s Program Executive Officer for aviation. ‘Using… the requirements that the army had for us, we then had an evaluation using folks

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Norbert is the Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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