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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Despite the Covid19 crisis, Italy will increase its defense budget by nearly 10% in 2021

Italy was one of the countries most affected by the first wave of the Covid-19 virus this spring, with nearly 250.000 cases diagnosed and 35.000 deaths. It was also one of the most affected economically, with a fall in its GDP of more than 12%, without taking into account the effects of the current second wave. It is also the best-off European country in the Brussels recovery plan, with no less than €209 billion allocated to it to rebuild its economy, almost 30% of the overall envelope of this plan. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the authorities…

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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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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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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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The US Army will renew and extend its range of drones with the FVL program

The Futur Vertical Lift program is one of the 6 main pillars of the BIG 6 super program which should allow the US Army to maintain a technological and operational advantage over all its adversaries in the next 20 to 30 years. For the time being, two components have received media attention in this program intended to rethink the airborne component of the US Army, the FARA program (Futur Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft) and the FLRAA program (Future Long Range Assault Aircraft), intended to replace the OH-58 Kiowa and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in their respective missions. But the FVL program has another mission, much less publicized,…

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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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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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