EADS North America Withdraws JMR Bid To Focus On AAS

By Graham Warwick graham.warwick@aviationweek.com
Source: AWIN First

Recent statements by Army leadership suggest the service, struggling with budget cuts, is backing away from plans to buy an off-the-shelf replacement for the OH-58D and will instead make a decision between extending the Kiowa Warrior’s service life and starting a new-development AAS program.

EADS has invested heavily in company-funded development of the AAS-72X/X+, which is derived from the commercial Eurocopter EC145, and is finalizing a cooperative research and development agreement to conduct weapons testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground to support its AAS proposal.

Citing the fiscal constraints caused by sequestration and budget instability, O’Keefe said EADS’s “plan is to focus our resources along with our world-class team mates on the AAS competition. As such we will withdraw from further consideration for the JMR/FVL concept development effort.”

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