Army Can Revolutionize Aviation Without Busting Budget, Leaders Say

ARMY S&T CONFERENCE: ?We?re not bringing a big bill to Congress,? Army aviation program manager Dan Bailey told me here. ?Aviation?s paying its own way.?

After an unbroken string of failed helicopter programs over the last 14 years (RAH, ARH, and AAS), Army leaders believe they?ve broken the curse with a new approach to acquisition. With mature technology and careful timing, they plan to throttle back upgrades to current helicopters ? whose modernization will be mostly complete in the next few years ? as they ramp up spending on new, much faster aircraft.