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January 16, 1984

Advanced Helicopter Technology

New Cockpits Use Integrated Avionics

Advanced Helicopter Technology

Companies Expanding Composite Uses

Advanced Helicopter Technology

European Makers Seek Military Market

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Advanced Helicopter Technology

New Cockpits Use Integrated Avionics

Highly integrated digital avionics systems, evolving toward extensive use in new generation military and civilian helicopters, are stimulating efforts to complement enhanced black box capabilities with corresponding advances in data bus and multiprocessor architecture.
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Advanced Helicopter Technology

Companies Expanding Composite Uses

New York—The next generation of flying vehicles for the U. S. Army will be the first manned, mass-produced military aircraft to have primary structures constructed from advanced composite materials. Composites will offer the Army’s family of light rotorcraft (LHX) and the Joint Services Advanced Vertical Lift Aircraft (JVX) lighter weight, reduced numbers of parts, improved ballistic tolerance, lower life-cycle costs and other advantages over airframes that are a mix of metallic and composite elements.
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Advanced Helicopter Technology

European Makers Seek Military Market

Yeovil, England—European helicopter manufacturers are pulling together technological capabilities, military requirements and financial and political resources to capture a large section of the military helicopter market, which traditionally has been dominated by U. S. designs.
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Advanced Helicopter Technology

Army Evaluating Lessons Learned in Grenada Fight

Washington—U. S. Army is evaluating operational experience and limited combat lessons learned in fighting in Grenada to determine what changes if any must be made to the newest generation of military helicopters being deployed in large numbers to field units.
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Advanced Helicopter Technology

Europeans Stress Turboshaft Efficiency

Bordes, France—Advanced European helicopter turboshaft engine programs are focused on developing more powerful, lighter engines that incorporate simplified turbomachinery for longer lifetimes and lower maintenance costs. Several of the new engines are being developed in multinational programs to meet political and industrial requirements of joint European military helicopter programs.
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Missile Engineering

Soviets Accelerate Missile Defense Efforts

CIA notifies President of heightened activity, which comes as U. S. reconnaissance satellites face funding shortage

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Advanced Helicopter Technology

Europeans Pursue Rotor Development

Paris—New rotor developments are being pursued by European helicopter manufacturers on a broad front, encompassing work on improved rotor blade profiles, new uses of composite materials and reductions in vibration levels. These efforts are aimed at increasing helicopter performance, reducing weight, lowering maintenance costs and enhancing rotor system resistance to fatigue and battle damage.
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Advanced Helicopter Technology

Improved Testing Methods Enhancing Rotor Research

Mountain View, Calif.—Improved methods for computing and measuring helicopter rotor behavior, enhanced simulation capabilities for evaluating new rotor concepts and increased use of wind tunnels and flight research vehicles for testing new rotor developments are contributing to an accelerating evolution of helicopter rotor technology.
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Advanced Helicopter Technology

Military Seeking Upgraded Capabilities

Los Angeles—Requirements for greater speed, agility, survivability and mission effectiveness in the next generation of military helicopters are fueling a multifaceted technology drive by government and industry. A key aspect is the expectation by military planners that the battlefield of the future will be more complex and hostile than in the past, with advanced combat systems, difficult command and control, nuclear/biological/chemical and electronic warfare, a numerically superior enemy and a narrowing difference in qualitative advantages between the combatants.
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Advanced Helicopter Technology

Army, Nasa Lead Testing of Turboshaft Components

New York—Research and development programs sponsored jointly by the U. S. Army’s Aviation Systems Command (AVSCOM) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are leading the development of demonstration engines and components of smallto mediumsized turboshaft engines necessary to power the next generation of military helicopter and tilt-rotor vehicles.
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