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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Helicopter-makers say they’re eagerly awaiting a decision expected this summer from the U.S. Army to move forward with development of a futuristic rotorcraft.
The program, known officially as the Joint Multi-Role helicopter, or JMR, has attracted defense giants such as United Technologies Corp.‘s Sikorsky unit, Textron Inc.‘s Bell Helicopter, as well as the small, closely held firms AVX Aircraft Co. and Karem Aircraft Inc.
Despite automatic budget cuts, the service is trying to protect research and development funding to design next-generation helicopters that fly twice as far as today’s models and with better fuel efficiency, according to Heidi Shyu, the Army’s top acquisition official.
The Army is conducting a “significant amount” of analysis of vertical lift technology in preparation of “upcoming material development decisions,” she said during a presentation on Monday at the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual conference, known as Quad A.
originally posted by: Sammamishman
a reply to: ThePeaceMaker
To each their own I suppose. I still think it looks sexy (better than an Apache) and I don't even drink.
originally posted by: buddah6
a reply to: rockflier
I'I'm a big fan of tandem rotor helos like the Chinook and the Sea Knight. I have even made several model of a tandem to study the air flow around and through the rotors...It keeps me out of the pub, lol.