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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Futuristic V-280 not advanced enough to replace the Osprey: AFSOC Commander | Military.com

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Army’s Future Vertical Lift is looking into two aircraft as part of their modernization for Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA). The aircraft is the Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 coaxial-rotor Defiant helicopter prototype and Bell Textron’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor helicopter prototype. However, AFSOC Commander Lt. Gen. James Slife said the Valor is not advanced enough to replace the CV-22, the Air Force special operations variant of the V-22 tiltrotor transport aircraft. He mentioned that AFSOC is looking for a jet-like performance rather than marginal improvements.

Source: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/09/16/futuristic-v-280-not-advanced-enough-replace-osprey-afsoc-commander.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2009.17.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

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