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US Army chooses the V-280 to replace the Black Hawk helicopter

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This will make Army pilots shall we say 'better' than regular pilots because now Army pilots will have two set of piloting skills: that of rotary wings when the 280 upturn its props and that of fixed wings when the props are horizontal. They are going to rub it in, for sure. :lol:
 

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There are members here turning blue explaining how superior Blackhawk is to competition due to "painful" evolution.
Why would they want to replace an un-paralleled machine?
 

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There are members here turning blue explaining how superior Blackhawk is to competition due to "painful" evolution.
Why would they want to replace an un-paralleled machine?
When the jet engine came out, some predicted the end of the prop jobbers. Did not happened. Same will be for the helos.
 

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I have read somewhere that the complete UH-60 fleet is not going to be replaced, but the FLRAA is supposed to augment the UH-60 fleet and plug in the gaps where they are (more specifically keeping in mind the Chinese threat.
It is likely that the numbers may end up limited to 1000 - with newer Uh-60 variants still in service 40-50 years from now. But that is still not a small number because then exports will take over.

I’m now curious to see what they select for FARA - it is possible they may divide that contract because that is how that industry operates and not all eggs are put in one basket.
 

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I’m now curious to see what they select for FARA - it is possible they may divide that contract because that is how that industry operates and not all eggs are put in one basket.

Which is why all publications and forums indicate that the Sikorsky design is in the lead.

But that also has something to do with the US Army going for a change in design of their platforms, focusing more on the tilt rotor (or the combined rotor concept with a pusher prop and a coaxial rotor).
 

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It is likely that the numbers may end up limited to 1000 - with newer Uh-60 variants still in service 40-50 years from now. But that is still not a small number because then exports will take over.

I’m now curious to see what they select for FARA - it is possible they may divide that contract because that is how that industry operates and not all eggs are put in one basket.
They need to keep both major helicopter manufacturers viable with enough work and funding so R&D projects remain competitive for decades to come. It’s probably also why we saw Northrop get the B-21 program while Lockheed makes fighters.
 

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They need to keep both major helicopter manufacturers viable with enough work and funding so R&D projects remain competitive for decades to come. It’s probably also why we saw Northrop get the B-21 program while Lockheed makes fighters.
Happened before too - F-22 vs YF-23 w.r.t B2
 

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That's Ridiculous. V-280 looks absolute dogshit.
Doesn't even have the same combat radius than a Blackhawk.

Muh Based Blackhawks
 

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