The U.S. Army has been criticized for operating essentially the same helicopters for decades. But this has worked—until now. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq showed the limitations of machines developed in the 1960s and ’70s, but the pivot to face a peer threat has convinced the Army it can no longer make do. The result is a sudden sense of urgency behind the Pentagon’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative to develop a new generation of rotorcraft. The Army wants to field ...

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