Honeywell Starts Testing Upgraded T55 For CH-47

By Steve Trimble Dec 02, 2021
The upgrade is Honeywell’s answer to a move by GE Aviation to offer the more powerful T408 turboshaft engine as a future upgrade option.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Mission Systems Weight Drove 360 Invictus Tail Change

By Steve Trimble Oct 07, 2021
A design change of the Bell 360 Invictus was driven by the release of the U.S. Army ’s list of requirements for mission systems, the company’s CEO said Oct. 7. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

The Weekly Debrief: New Missiles, Strategy Prompt Northrop-Army Talks On RQ-4

By Steve Trimble Sep 13, 2021
Northrop’s engineers are actively discussing a new version of the unmanned RQ-4 with the Army that would require substantial modifications to the baseline aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Army Protects Modernization Priorities In Budget Request

By Steve Trimble May 14, 2021
The U.S. Army’s 35 modernization priorities all survived budget reviews in the first months of the Biden Administration for the fiscal 2022 budget request, but there may be a wave of major spending changes in fiscal 2023.
Budget, Policy & Operations

GE’s T901 Engine On Critical Path For U.S. Army Modernization

By Graham Warwick May 12, 2021
With the U.S. Army looking to maintain the capability of its legacy helicopter fleet even as it moves to modernize the force with advanced rotorcraft, continued progress with a new engine program is becoming crucial to its plans.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Army Starts Structures Demo For FLRAA, FARA Upgrades

By Steve Trimble Apr 21, 2021
A solicitation for the Adaptive Resilient Engineered Structures program, published on April 20 by the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, calls for technologies that could be demonstrated in a relevant operational environment—or a Technology Readiness Level of 6—between fiscal 2023 and 2026. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Army Invests In AFRL’s High Powered Microwave System

By Steve Trimble Feb 24, 2021
The U.S. Army has made an unspecified investment in an Air Force Research Laboratory-developed high power microwave weapon against drone swarms, AFRL…
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

U.S. Army Releases Timeline For LRPM Competitive Phase

By Steve Trimble Feb 04, 2021
A “special notice” published on Feb. 2 by the Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions Project Office defines a plan to stage of shoot-off of candidate designs in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

Sikorsky, Boeing Unveil Defiant X Design For FLRAA Competition

By Graham Warwick Jan 25, 2021
Sikorsky and Boeing have taken the wraps off their Defiant X offering for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft requirement, and the design differs only in detail externally from the SB-1 Defiant technology demonstrator now in flight test.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Army Funding Advances LiquidPiston’s Jet-Fuel Rotary Engine

By Graham Warwick Oct 13, 2020
Development of compact, efficient rotary internal-combustion engines able to run on jet fuel has been boosted by U.S. Army contracts to advance the technology for unmanned-aircraft propulsion and rotorcraft auxiliary-power applications.
AUSA 2020

Israel Delivers First Iron Dome System To U.S. Army

By Steve Trimble Sep 30, 2020
The Army ordered the Iron Dome systems in August 2019 to plug a gap in defenses against cruise missiles while it continues to shop for a permanent solution.
Missile Defense & Weapons

CH-47 Makes Inaugural Flight With T408 Engine

By Lee Hudson Sep 23, 2020
The U.S. Army conducted its first flight of a NCH-47 Chinook equipped with the GE Aviation T408 engine, which is the same turboshaft engine outfitting the CH-53K King Stallion.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Sierra Nevada Completes EMARSS-V Upgrade For U.S. Army

By Steve Trimble Jun 30, 2020
The U.S. Army expected to take delivery on June 30 of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS)-V from Sierra Nevada’s upgrade facility in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Defense and Space

U.S. Army To End Guardrail Funding In Fiscal 2023

By Lee Hudson Feb 18, 2020
The service says there are sufficient quantities of the airborne system to support the National Defense Strategy.
Defense and Space

Budget Request Advances U.S. Army’s Accelerated Vertical Lift Ambitions

By Graham Warwick Feb 11, 2020
The U.S. Army is seeking $513.5 million in fiscal 2021 for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, up from $398.3 in fiscal 2020, the first year of the program
Defense and Space

U.S. Army Truncates Chinook Upgrades In Fiscal 2021 Budget

By Lee Hudson Feb 11, 2020
The service’s fiscal 2021 budget request once again attempts to defer Block II upgrades for conventional forces Chinooks, but includes money to upgrade special operations forces MH-47Gs.
Defense and Space

Budget Keeps U.S. Army Rotorcraft Modernization On Track

By Graham Warwick Feb 10, 2020
The biggest change is in procurement of the Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk, which is reduced as planned to 36 aircraft from 74 in 2020.
Defense and Space

Digital Backbone Planned For Future Vertical Lift

By Graham Warwick Jan 02, 2020
The U.S. Army has outlined its vision of a mission system architecture for its Future Vertical Lift platforms that will allow upgrades to be fielded rapidly to counter emerging threats and overcome obsolescence over their life cycle.
Defense and Space

Bell Readies V-280 Tiltrotor For Autonomous Flight Demo

By Graham Warwick Dec 13, 2019
The demo will showcase the capability designed into the V-280’s fly-by-wire flight control system.
Defense and Space

U.S. Army Selects Five Platoons For FTUAS Demo

By Lee Hudson Dec 12, 2019
The introduction of a VTOL unmanned aircraft to each platoon will be staggered monthly beginning in April.
Aircraft & Propulsion