Envisioning the V-280 in action
Whatever shape the FVL aircraft eventually takes, it'll need to be capable of multiple missions, in part "because it can be scaled," Maj. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield, then commander of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, is quoted as saying in an Army News Service story from April 2012. "It may be a medium variant, something that is the size of maybe a Black Hawk or an Apache is today, that can do the attack mission, or the assault/lift mission. I see the same aircraft scaled smaller that will be able to do the reconnaissance mission, similar to what a Kiowa Warrior does today."
Besides being faster and capable of lifting heavier loads than today's helicopters, the FVL aircraft would be expected to help the Army save money through better fuel economy and a common design that would allow components -- engine, drive train, cockpit fixtures, and so on -- to be swapped, even between aircraft of different sizes.
October 6, 2013 7:30 AM PDT
Photo by: Bell Helicopter
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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