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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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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By ignoring the Airbus Helicopters RACER, Europeans could miss the next technological leap in air combat

The Airbus Helicopters RACER is a rapid and economical helicopter demonstrator (Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft) supported by the European Clean Sky project. It is also on the Clean Sky website that an inventory of the RACER program was published on March 20th. It would thus seem that the development of the first demonstrator is encountering two major technical difficulties, but that the schedule for the program as a whole should not be upset. Final adjustments before the start of testing The two elements affected by significant design delays are the main gearbox and the side shaft lines. Concretely, the delay accumulates…

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The US Army unveils the great ambitions of the program that will replace the Black Hawk

On several occasions, we have already presented the FLRAA program, for Future Long Range Assault Aircraft, intended to replace the US Army's UH-60 Black Hawk maneuver helicopters, and integrated into the Futur Vertical Lift hat program, itself one of the pillars of the "Big 6" super program. If we knew that the expected performance, particularly in terms of speed, clearly exceeded the current performance of rotary wings, the American military authorities have now detailed their ambitions in a more precise way, and the least that can be said is that the term "ambition" is not usurped! Today, a maneuver helicopter, whose primary function…

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Bell V280 Valor hybrid helicopter demonstrates its capabilities

The Bell V280 Valor hybrid tiltrotor helicopter has just completed the test phase dedicated to low-speed evolutions, after showing significant performance in terms of speed and rate of climb. There was little doubt that the V280 would achieve high performance, Bell having proven tiltrotor experience with the V22 Osprey. Thus, the V280 reached an airspeed of 300 knots, or 555 km/h, in horizontal straight flight, like the V22, a rate of climb of 4500 feet per minute and a ceiling of 11.500 feet. In addition, the device has already performed…

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