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US Army continues pivot to large-scale combat operations from counter-insurgency in the shadow of world events

27th February 2024 - 22:10 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


The Gray Eagle ER UAS will be expected to be fielded this year. (Photo: General Atomics)

US Army Aviation has been pivoting to face a different kind of war. On the platform front that has meant investing in proven systems and improving platforms already in service.

US Army Aviation has continued down the road of reshaping its forces in the face of a changed threat compared to that which dominated the first two decades of the century by implementing fleet changes and changing priorities.

In the 2000s and 2010s, the US Army developed a force more adapted to dealing with non-conventional forces, but in the face of Chinese boldness and military glowering along with Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, Army Aviation has begun to rapidly adopt a new posture.

Speaking at Defence iQ’s International Military Helicopter conference in London on 27 February, Maj Gen Walter Rugen, director of

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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