Startups AVX Aircraft and Karem Aircraft have joined heavyweights Bell Helicopter and a Sikorsky/Boeing team in signing contracts for Phase 1 of the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi Role technology demonstration (JMR TD) to test-fly advanced rotorcraft in 2017. JMR is a precursor to the Army’s planned Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Medium program to replace first the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopter and later the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, beginning in the mid-2030s. The ...

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