V-280 Valor concept
We should clarify that JMR TD is what the military calls a science and technology program -- it's the conceptual phase. Although it is a first step toward the Future Vertical Lift family of aircraft, JMR isn't about building FVL prototypes specifically; it's about sounding out "advanced technologies and efficient configurations" to help "mitigate risks" for the eventual FVL program, the Army said in its statement this week.
"We must continue to push implementation of the FVL Strategic Plan which will positively impact Vertical Lift Aviation operations for the next 50-plus years," William Lewis, director of the AMRDEC's Aviation Development Directorate, said in that statement. "Absolutely, that is what JMR is all about. As we understand the demonstrated technologies and the opportunities for future technologies, that will feed the desired and reasonable capabilities and requirements for the potential FVL solutions."
October 6, 2013 7:30 AM PDT
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| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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