In a taste of choices to come as budget cuts bite, the U.S. Army is curbing its appetite for a new aircraft program, in the hopes of preserving funds for future advanced rotorcraft by considering off-the-shelf replacements for its hard-flown armed scout helicopters. Surprising industry, the Army says it plans a flight demonstration of available aircraft as early as April of next year and, if they offer a worthwhile improvement in capability, will move immediately into a competition to ...

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