Even as high-speed rotorcraft demonstrators begin to take shape under Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky/Boeing teams, the U.S. Army has sown confusion about its priorities under the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative. Bell and Sikorsky/Boeing are on track to fly their Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrators late in 2017. Both are sized for the medium utility mission; replacement of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk has been seen as the Army’s priority under FVL. But in mid-February ...

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