Competing industry concepts are emerging to meet the Defense Dept.'s requirement for a future heavy-lift vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, although recent steps by the Pentagon have put such a program on a decidedly slow pace. The U.S. Army and Marine Corps have expressed a need for a new heavy-lift aircraft. But efforts to combine those activities have run into problems, and the Army is slowing its schedule for introducing a new aircraft. The slowdown in the service's plans may ...

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