The Next Wave
Two U. S. Military Helicopter Projects Try to Avoid Past Pitfalls
The U.S. military wants cutting-edge choppers. Replacing its decades-old combat and cargo helicopters is a critical mission, so the Department of Defense is overseeing parallel initiatives to create a new generation of aircraft. Organizations are racing to develop new technology and build prototypes. The ultimate goal is the introduction of a new fleet of advanced helicopters through the military's Future Vertical Lift initiative, by the 2030s.