Designed to fly at roughly twice the speed and 2-3 times as far as today’s helicopters, the leading contenders for the U.S. Army-led Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program promise to revolutionize the way U.S. land and maritime forces fight wars while reducing the logistics burden through commonality. The platforms Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky/Boeing are pursuing under the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD)—the V-280 Valor and SB-1 Defiant, respectively—are ...

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