Italy wants to participate in US Army FVL program with European help

The Italian authorities have announced that they have included measures to support its defense industry in its plan to use part of the €209 billion allocated by the European Union as part of the post-Covid recovery plan. While Rome's objective is obviously to support innovation and develop new technologies, the stated ambition goes well beyond declarations of principle, and identifies very specific areas, such as participation in the British new fighter program generation Tempest, the development of a new offer of naval engines and, in a way that may seem surprising, the participation in the Futur Vertical Lift program of…

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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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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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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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