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In a surprise move, the U.S. Army is seeking information on a high-speed light scout/utility air vehicle as well as a medium-lift attack/transport rotorcraft under the Defense Department’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) “family of systems” initiative.
The Army on Feb. 22 released requests for information (RFI) for FVL Capability Set 1 (CS1) as well as the anticipated Capability Set 3 (CS3), also referred to as the FVL Medium and billed as replacing first the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk from the mid-2030s and then the Boeing AH-64 Apache.
Under the precursor to FVL Medium, the Joint Multi Role (JMR) technology demonstration, Bell Helicopter and Boeing/Sikorsky are building transport-configured high-speed rotorcraft flight demonstrators that are scheduled to fly in late 2017.
originally posted by: 727Sky
The Army has always had a problem with being able to purchase and receive air assets they actually need because the Air Force is very territorial about such things... If I remember correctly the Army wanted the A-10 for army close air support... You would have thought the world was coming to an end when the air force came down guns blazing with all kinds of reasons about why the Army was not worthy.. The A-10 and the Army could be a perfect mix IMO but alas it ain't gonna happen.
I remember the ridged rotor system on the Cheyenne which was developed in the sixties and cancelled in the early 70s.
The Russian's seem to field a bird at 1/4 the cost that will out climb, carry more, and out run anything the known Army inventory has as far as an attack helicopter.
What made the rigid rotor on the Cheyenne so remarkable? I flew an OH-6 in Vietnam and it had a rigid rotor system as well.
originally posted by: 5StarOracle
These will be wicked vehicles...
but this is the real future of vertical lift technology...