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AUSA 2016: Future attack helo lighter, more lethal

5th October 2016 - 15:59 GMT | by Tony Skinner in Washington DC


The replacement of the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter under the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme is likely to see a smaller, lighter helicopter introduced, rather than a common replacement with the UH-60 Black Hawk.

FVL is looking to completely replenish the US military’s helicopter fleet with next-generation rotorcraft, and current efforts are focused across five capability sets (CS).

The mid-sized CS3 is currently being investigated under the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstration programme, which will see the first flights of demonstration aircraft – the Boeing-Sikorsky SB>1 Defiant and the Bell V-280 Valor – take place next year.

While CS3 was

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Tony Skinner


Tony Skinner

Tony Skinner is Shephard Media's Creative Director, overseeing the strategic direction, content development and project …

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