Fremtidens helikoptere (US): Joint Multi-Role - Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD)



Wikipedia om prosjektet:
Future Vertical Lift

Future Vertical Lift (FVL) is a program to develop a family of military helicopters for the United States Armed Forces. Four different sizes of aircraft are to be developed. They are to share common hardware such as sensors, avionics, engines, and countermeasures.[1] The U.S. Army has been considering the program since 2004.[2] FVL is meant to develop a replacement for the Army's UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-64 Apache, CH-47 Chinook, and OH-58 Kiowa helicopters.[3][4] The precursor for FVL is the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter program, which will provide technology demonstrations planned for 2017.[5]

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Department of Defense Briefing by Maj. Gen. Horlander and Deputy Director Welch on the FY 2016 Army Budget in the Pentagon Briefing Room

We're requesting $62.3 million dollars for the Joint Multi-Role Vertical Lift Aircraft program to demonstrate the feasibility of an affordable medium lift aircraft at speeds one and a half to two times greater, covering distance twice as great as existing platforms.

In October of 2014, Sikorsky, Boeing and Bell Helicopter were selected to complete the design, fabricate and test fly demonstrator aircraft. Flight demonstrations will occur between fiscal years '17 through fiscal year '19.

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Army Looks To Build Two Forms of Medium Future Vertical Lift



ARLINGTON: And then there were five. There were already going to be four different aircraft in the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) family, from light to medium to heavy to “ultra.”

Now it’s almost certain that the medium FVL will be split into two separate versions: a smaller attack/reconnaissance aircraft and a larger troop-carrying assault craft. What’s more, the Army’s aviation chief said today, they might even end up using entirely different forms of propulsion, for example with one being a tiltrotor (like the V-22 Osprey) and the other being a “compound” helicopter with a pusher propeller and coaxial blades (like the Sikorsky X-2).

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Fra AirForceTime:
Pentagon plans 4 new helos

The Pentagon is fleshing out its plans to change the way it buys and develops helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft.
The military is discarding its "as-needed" approach to purchases and upgrades in favor of a "balanced transformational strategy," according to its Strategic Plan for United States Department of Defense Vertical Lift Aircraft, unveiled Aug. 27 and presented three days later to Congress.


Officials in the defense research and engineering arm of acquisition deputy of the Office of the Secretary of Defense are working to put meat on the plan's bones. The individual services are providing input; they will ultimately be responsible for executing the plan.


The plan envisions four new "joint multirole" rotorcraft: light, medium, heavy and ultra-sized. The aircraft would be equipped with common systems for situational awareness, avionics, engines, countermeasures and "repairables" that can be used by each service.

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Fra Jane´s 360:
Army chooses Sikorsky-Boeing and Bell for JMR helo demos

Key Points

  • The army has chosen Sikorsky-Boeing and Bell teams to build helicopter demonstrators for the JMR programme
  • Flight demonstrations are expected in 2017 as a precursor to FVL, which would field aircraft by the mid-2030s


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It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! No, It’s Aircraft That Fly Like A Bird!

The Army and other services hope to breed new and phenomenally agile and speedy aircraft through the $350 million Joint Multirole (JMR) program, a technology demonstration under the Pentagon’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative. The FVL, a soaringly ambitious project, aims to give birth over the next few decades to Kleminesque aircraft for the four services in four different sizes: light, medium, heavy and ultra-heavy. The JMR and FVL projects aim to develop a medium-sized solution first.




The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), meanwhile, is pursuing a far narrower but even bolder attempt to make a great aeronautical leap forward. DARPA’s program (VTOL X-Plane), is separate from the JMR. But if VTOL X-Plane produces technologies that can improve whatever JMR comes up with, the Army-led JMR could certainly make use of such innovations.

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Diverse linker:

http://www.defense.gov/news/Aug1995/..._m-175-95.html
http://www.defense.gov/transformatio...ta010906a.html