Black Hawk Replacement Not Expected To be Replaced Soon

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  1. Pathfinder

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    Next year will bring the first flights of the prototype rotorcraft vying to replace the Army’s venerable Black Hawk and other helicopters. But don’t expect the futuristic aircraft to hit battlefields for another decade and a half — unless their manufacturers find other customers first.

    The prototypes are being built for the Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator project by Bell Helicopter and the competing Sikorsky-Boeing team, who touted their work in advance of the Army Aviation Association of America, or “Quad A,” annual summit in Atlanta this week.

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    Bell is building the V-280 Valor, a tiltrotor aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter, or rotate its propellers to fly fast like a fixed-wing plane. Sikorsky and Boeing are building the SB-1 Defiant, a high-speed coaxial helicopter with one rotor mounted atop the other. Bell officials say V-280 ground testing is scheduled for next April and first flight for September 2017; Sikorsky-Boeing reps said their SB-1 would fly next year as well.

    The Army commissioned the demonstrator aircraft in 2013 — after talking about about replacing its helicopters for more than a decade — to prove various new technologies for a replacement for the UH-60. Combat in Iraq and Afghanistan’s hot, high, and sandy environments pointed up various performance limitations, so the new rotorcraft are being designed to fly higher, farther, and faster while also carrying more. The project will feed into the Future Vertical Lift program, a vast effort to replace all Army helicopters — which include the AH-64 Apache, CH-46 Chinook, and the OH-58 Kiowa — at a projected cost of around $100 billion.

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    Thanks to a decade of heavy wartime use, the Black Hawks are wearing out faster than anticipated. But the Army isn’t planning to buy its first new rotorcraft until after 2030. That’s because its acquisition budget — aircraft, armored vehicles, and so forth — has taken a major hit. The service has even been called out by a Dutch Air Force general for the project’s slow pace.

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    I think it will be a good while before anything replaces the UH-60. They tried it with the V-22, but that hasn't really caught on much.
     
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    Do you know why the V-22 was not as widely implemented as the Black Hawk? Everyone outside of your country is vey jealous. |Hungover|
     
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    Hypothetically speaking, which is better when replacing the UH/MH-60, CH-47 and OH-58?

    The SB-1, or the V-280?
     
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    I always liked tilt rotor aircraft because they have the speed and range of regular turboprop planes but they also give you vertical landing capabilities. I think it would be a mistake to not heavily equip our helicopter fleet with tilt rotors.
     
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    Given that the either the V-280 or SB-1 will also replace the AH-64 in the long term, I wonder if it would be possible to integrate some aspects of the A-10 attacker to the V-280 gunship variant.
     
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