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18 March 2020 20:33

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The iconic UH-60 Black Hawk's service in the U.S. Army is one step closer to completion. Military officials are on the cusp of replacing the long-range assault aircraft after narrowing their options down to Bell Helicopter's V-280 Valor and Boeing and Sikorsky's SB>1 Defiant. Task and Purpose covered reactions to the news on Tuesday. "These agreements are an important milestone for [Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft program]," Army aviation program executive officer Patrick Mason said in a statement on Monday. "The CD&RR continues to transition technologies from the JMR-TD effort to the FLRAA weapons system design." The goal of the program is to replace the fleet of Black Hawks — and possibly AH-64 Apaches — by 2030, the defense website noted.

Army on the cusp of replacing iconic Black Hawk; final contenders vie to provide assault aircraft

Bell vice president for advanced vertical lift systems Keith Flail released a statement saying the company was "honored" to be in the final running. "We can provide transformative capabilities to our Army in line with their stated goal of 2030," he added. A statement by Bell and Sikorsky stressed its offerings ability to "extend the warfighter's capabilities on the modern battlefield [while fitting] the same footprint as a Black Hawk," Task and Purpose reported. Head-to-head competition between the two aircraft is scheduled for 2022, Defense News reported Tuesday. Sign up for Daily Newsletters Manage Newsletters Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.