As the September decision-time on proceeding with production of the Sikorsky HH-60W approaches, U.S. Air Force scientists and industry engineers are exploring a radical new approach to the combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) mission. At the core of the new effort are concerns that conventional rotorcraft have become too vulnerable for rescuing downed aircrews deep within contested airspace. A four-year-old report by the Rand Corp. think tank also highlighted the statistical significance of time ...

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