Aviation 2050 -- US Army Needs You

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Will army aviation in 2050 look like the Scorpion gunships in the movie Avatar? According to a new video produced by the US Army's Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), it might.

The video, with its unmanned minicopters, attack stop-fold tiltrotors and troopships with tilting ducted rotors, is intended to stimulate thinking on what technology might be needed by 2050. AMRDEC is looking for feedback. 

You can provide it by completing a survey at this link.

My feedback? The ideas are good, but make it 2060, at the earliest. Given the pace at which the Army plans to move to the next generation of rotorcraft, this vision of a high-performance, highly automated future looks to me a bit optimistic for 2050.

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