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AUSA 2016: Future Vertical Lift takes off (video)

28th September 2016 - 14:37 GMT | by Beth Maundrill, Gabriela Somarriba Rocha in London

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The US Army is currently looking for a new generation of rotorcraft to replace some of its in-service helicopters through its Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme. 

Bell Helicopter and Boeing/Sikorsky have been selected to develop rotorcraft that could inform future FVL requirements.

Bell has designed the V-280 Valor while Boeing and Sikorsky opted for a coaxial design with the SB>1 Defiant. The first flights of the aircraft demonstrators are scheduled for 2017. 

For more from AUSA 2016, see our dedicated news page. 

Beth Maundrill

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