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While reading about aviation today (a pretty common occurrence since starting my WOFT packet) I came across some articles about the Future Vertical Lift (FVT) program. I was just curious to hear what current Aviators out there think about it as well as the proposed V-280 Valor and SB-1 Defiant airframes that are competing for a spot to supply the military. Any thoughts on how this would change the world of Army aviation? Pros/Cons and Likes/Dislikes? What this means for applicants just beginning to enter the WOFT pipeline?
For the Army aviators in here... Does "Future Vertical Lift" mean anything to you? I ask because from what I can tell it's a program pipeline for the future of Army aviation. What they've come up with so far looks absolutely bad-ass. Just wondering if this is ever a point of discussion in your circles? And if so, what sorts of things are being discussed about the program. I know in my current branch, things like this are often met with much skepticism and many road bumps and imagine some of that thought process must be happening on your end in regards to this. Anyways, here are a few videos of the strongest candidates. One has already flown, the other will fly later this year. If you've already seen this, or this is your first time - what are your thoughts? Can you see these being better war-fighting machines? Better able to support the soldier on the ground? Really curious what an Army aviators take is on these air frames. Boeing-Sikorsky DEFIANT/S-97 RAIDER Bell V-280 VALOR tilt-rotor https://youtu.be/_MGf1027pBM