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Army Provides Details on Future Vertical Lift Fleet

The U.S. Army has released new details about a family of manned and unmanned helicopters that the service branch intends to procure for future battlefield operations, Military.com reported Tuesday.

The report noted the Army’s Future Vertical Lift fleet will consist of an unmanned aerial system, an attack reconnaissance aircraft and a long-range assault helicopter.

Brig. Gen. Walter Rugen, director of the Army’s FVL Cross-Functional Team, told the publication that the UAS will work to deliver targeting data for long-range precision fires and conduct electronic attacks against enemy radar systems.

He said the attack reconnaissance aircraft will be an optionally-manned platform designed to “hide in radar clutter” and operate in megacities.

FVL will also include a long-range assault helicopter that will feature upgraded protection and will be built to exploit windows of opportunity, according to Rugen.

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