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HN for Wed., October 11, 2017, Vol. 43, Issue 21.

Bell To Speed Up FVL Acquisition With V-280 Prototype, But Army Calls It A Demonstrator

Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor is ready to carry troops into combat as a functional tilt-rotor airframe, company officials claim. The experimental aircraft is ready to enter the acquisition cycle and move beyond the early development phases, according to a company official.Bell's director of global military business development, Carl Coffman says the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Joint…

Boeing To Test New Engine On CH-47 Chinook

Boeing [BA] plans to conduct a flight demonstration with a CH-47D Chinook in the “next couple years” to see whether its heavy-lift helicopter could someday accommodate a new, more fuel-efficient and more powerful engine, a company official said Oct. 9.The “proof of concept” test, which Boeing is pursuing under a cooperative research and development agreement with General…

Leonardo’s First Brazilian Super Lynx Helicopter Completes First Flight

Italy’s Leonardo on Sept. 28 announced the first successful flight of the first of eight planned upgraded Super Lynx Mk21B helicopters for the Brazilian navy.The helicopter was flown at the company’s Yeovil facility in southwest England. Leonardo noted in a statement that the upgraded rotorcraft will provide Brazil’s naval aviation with a "significant improvement in its capabilities,…

In A Fast Changing World, Boeing Acquiring Aurora To Help Develop Future Aircraft

Boeing [BA] on Oct. 5 said it has agreed to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences, a technology leader in autonomy, aerostructures and aerospace designs, in a deal the world’s largest aerospace company is betting will help it design and develop the next-generation of commercial and military aircraft that are expected to increasingly feature more autonomous capabilities.Terms of the…