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Lt. Gen. Jon Davis: Marine Corps Needs Optionally Piloted Helicopter for Future Vertical Lift Program

Lt. Gen. Jon Davis: Marine Corps Needs Optionally Piloted Helicopter for Future Vertical Lift Program - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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ArmyChopperA U.S. Marine Corps official has said he believes the service branch“™s future vertical lift program should operate as an optionally piloted helicopter designed to perform some missions, Flight Global reported Friday.

“Especially for a high reliability airplane, we view that airplane as a manned platform,“ Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, Marine Corps deputy commandant for aviation, told reporters at an American Enterprise Institute event in Washington.

Leigh Giangreco writes the service branch could deploy a new aircraft under the U.S. Army-led FVL program by 2030s.

The Bell HelicopterBoeing team and Lockheed Martin“™s Sikorsky subsidiary expect to fly their respective prototypes of V-280 Valor and SB-1 Defiant helicopters by late 2017 under their cooperative research agreements with the Defense Department, Giangreco reports.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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