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U.S. Army Pursues Advanced Flight Controls For Future Rotorcraft
Although it has yet to field a fly-by-wire (FBW) helicopter, the capabilities enabled by advanced digital flight controls are central to the U.S. Army's rotorcraft plans. Improved safety, maneuverability, survivability and durability as well as an optionally piloted capability are key advantages, but the Army has yet to determine whether it can bring those into its existing helicopters or must wait for an all-new aircraft.