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Why 2019 Needs To Be The Year The U.S. Army Picks Up The Pace On A New Long-Range Assault Aircraft

In the three decades since the Cold War ended, the U.S. Army has done a good job of sustaining the readiness of its helicopter fleet and installing new equipment when it was urgently needed.

What the Army hasn?t done is develop new combat rotorcraft. All of the combat aircraft in the current helicopter fleet were first fielded during the Reagan years?or earlier. Their designs reflect the state of technology when they were developed. For instance, none of the Army?s combat helicopters incorporate fly-by-wire technology, electronic flight controls that have been in use by other military services and commercial operators for decades.

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