Airbus wants to join forces with Leonardo to deal with new generation American helicopters

The US Army Future Vertical Lift program, one of the components of the BIG-6 super-program, will undoubtedly profoundly change the technological characteristics of helicopters in the decades to come, and above all the expected performance, as well in terms of speed than distance covered or carrying capacity. For the time being, FVL consists of the Futur Long Range Assault Aircraft, or FLRAA, program intended to replace the H-60 ​​Black Hawks, as well as the Futur Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft, or FARA, program to re-capitalize the component of attack and reconnaissance that the US Army lost with the withdrawal of the OH-58 Kiowa. And whether it's the...

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5 European countries join forces to design the next medium multi-role helicopter

European helicopters are, unquestionably, among the best rotary wings in the world, and have been for several decades. Over the course of industrial concentrations and consolidation of activity, two major European groups have emerged in this field, the Franco-German Airbus Hélicoptères and the Italian-British Agusta-Westland. Is it to respond to the emergence of new technologies such as those implemented in the United States as part of the US Army's Future Vertical Lift program? or the upcoming arrival of China and its Z-20 on the international market? anyway, these 4 countries are home to European helicopters, Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, joined in this by…

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Can we develop a heavy European high performance helicopter?

After several months of uncertainty, the German authorities have announced that they are ending the procedure aimed at acquiring a heavy helicopter from the United States to replace its fleet of CH-53s reaching the end of their age. Although no additional information on German ambitions in the field has been given, it could well be a unique opportunity for Europe to finally acquire a device of this type, as it represents, after the United States, the largest western world market for this type of military aircraft. Indeed, in addition to Germany, 5 European armies today use this type of aircraft, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece and the United Kingdom. When to…

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US Army's Futur Vertical Lift program arouses strong export interest

The Future Vertical Lift program, one of the main pillars of the US Army's BIG 6 super program aimed at restoring the US armed forces to the technological and operational advantage on the battlefields for decades to come, has not yet crossed the industrial milestone. However, according to the Pentagon, 8 partner countries of the United States have already sent Washington a letter of interest concerning these rotary-wing aircraft which should enter service in the second half of the decade. If the United States is accustomed to a certain international interest in its Defense equipment programs, such responsiveness is however exceptional for a program…

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Are European defense programs in the right technological tempo?

While the 3 major world military powers, the United States, China and Russia, seem to have entered a new technological arms race, European industries remain engaged in programs whose timetable seems out of step with the tempo technology given by these superpowers. However, if counter-programming can be an effective tool for conquering the market, it can also turn out to have very damaging consequences in certain circumstances, for the very survival of the European defense industry. So how can we analyze the European strategy, its origins and its foreseeable effects in the medium and long term? European programs out of time Since…

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With the Invictus, Bell relies on rusticity to win the FARA program

Very often, hardiness is considered, in industrial defense circles as in the armies, as a quality linked to the past, which opposes the desire for technological breakthroughs carried by the majority of new defense equipment programs. However, the aeronautical manufacturer Bell, finalist of the FARA and FLRAA programs to replace the reconnaissance and maneuver helicopters of the US Army, seems to put this value back at the heart of its argument, particularly concerning its Bell 360 "Invictus" retained by the Pentagon. against Sikorsky's Raider-X as part of the FARA program. It must be said that the Invictus represents, in a way, the antithesis of Raider-X. The…

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US Army selects Sikorsky Raider-X and Bell 360 Invictus for FARA program

The US Army announced yesterday March 25 in a press release the names of the two finalists for the Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft program, or FARA, intended to replace the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopters and part of the AH attack helicopters. -64 Apache. As for the FLRAA (Future Long Range Assault Aircraft) program intended to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk tactical transport helicopters, it is the companies Bell with its Bell 360 Invictus and Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, with the Raider-X, which have been selected. Proposals from Boeing, Kareem Aircraft and AVX Aircraft/L3 were not accepted. By this decision,...

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While waiting for FARA, the US Army orders new UH-72 Lakota light helicopters.

Official American sources inform us today that a contract of approximately 120 million dollars had been awarded to Airbus Helicopters USA for the construction of 15 new UH-72A Lakota, a version built under license of the light twin-turbine helicopter H145. These 15 new aircraft will be added to some 412 UH-72 Lakota already produced in Colombus (Mississippi) for the needs of the US Army, which is today the main world operator of EC145/H145 family helicopters. Although it is reserved for utilitarian tasks and almost never deployed outside American territory (with the exception of a few MEDEVAC exercises in Germany, in particular), the UH-72 is today at the heart of capabilities…

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Boeing Unveils Promising Proposal for FARA Competition

Boeing was the last of the 5 companies authorized to compete for the initial selection of the FARA program, for Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft, to not have officially presented its concept. It was through a video and a section on the Boeing site that this public presentation was made on Tuesday, March 3. Without any major surprises vis-à-vis our previous deductions, Boeing is positioned in an intermediate segment between Bell's Invictus 360 and Sikorsky's Raider-X, with an offer that aims to be attractive, from a technological point of view, but also from a budgetary point of view. Let’s start by presenting what the firm…

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The future American reconnaissance and attack helicopter is among these 5 models

In 1982, in the midst of the Cold War, the Pentagon decided to launch the design of a new light reconnaissance and attack helicopter intended to replace the US Army's OH-58 Kiowa, but also the Marines' AH-1 Cobra Bodies, and number of armed UH-1 Hueys, equipping the 3 armies. This was the RAH-66 Comanche program entrusted to Boeing and Sikorsky. Initially planned to be produced in 6000 copies, this revolutionary and stealthy device saw its target shrink to a trickle with the collapse of the Soviet bloc, to finally aim for only 600 copies at the start of 2000. Delays, technological impasses and ambitions excessive finally had…

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