Although contractors are working on concepts to fulfill the 20-ton vertical lift requirement for the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS), significant funding for their efforts probably won't be available in the near term, according to an Army official. Maj. Gen. William Bond, a senior Army systems management official, said the new heavy-lift vertical transport will have to compete with other funding priorities as the Army gears up for the first fielding of an FCS unit in 2008. ...

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