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US Army aviation eyes clear skies if funding is sustained

14th May 2020 - 14:00 GMT | by Ian Parker in Portsmouth


US Army aviation has developed a richly deserved reputation for supporting troops on the ground, but the pressures of 20 years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, modernisation of the current fleet, future aircraft development and now COVID-19 are all adding stress to an already pressured service. How will it cope over the next several years if funding constraints are imposed?

The army is upgrading its current fleet of AH-64 Apache, CH-47 Chinook and UH/HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, as well as dedicating resources to its Future Vertical Lift programme and training or retaining more pilots. But when the US government

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Ian Parker


Ian Parker

Ian Parker became an aerospace and defence journalist in 1980 on Flight International and started …

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