AAS Kill Makes JMR More Critical for Bell

By Amy Butler
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
January 20, 2014

After two failed attempts to replace the Kiowa Warrior, the U.S. Army has finally succumbed to financial pressure and abandoned plans for a third effort to buy a specialized helicopter optimized for the armed scout role.

The decision is part of the latest proposed restructuring to Army aviation, which is likely to go to Congress for approval late next month. It is an attempt by the Army to maintain a smaller fleet of aviation assets in the future—to 10 from 13 combat aviation brigades—without sacrificing readiness.

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