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FVL aims to avoid mistakes of the past

8th August 2016 - 15:39 GMT | by Rob Coppinger in London


The US military has been in no rush to decide whether it stays entirely with helicopters or adopts more tiltrotors from 2030, but next year will see ground and flight tests for demonstrators that could become part of a future family of systems.

Led by the US Army, the multi-service effort to replace today’s helicopters has already lasted eight years under the name Future Vertical Lift (FVL) and its technology venture, called Joint Multi Role (JMR). 

Under JMR, a Bell tiltrotor demonstrator called the V-280 Valor could undergo tethered hover tests from next April and it is planned to fly

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Rob Coppinger


Rob Coppinger

Rob is a former Shephard Media correspondent based in the UK.

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