WITH DEFENSE CUTS EXPECTED, ARE MILITARY HELICOPTER PROGRAMS SAFE?

With the continued need for wartime lift, funding for existing military and paramilitary rotorcraft programs is assured, according to military experts. But what about funding for future programs?

By Robert Moorman for Rotor & Wing

Makers of military rotorcraft are understandably nervous these days with the real possibility of up to $700 billion in defense-related cuts between now and 2023.

“Rotorcraft programs are probably in better shape than almost any other category of combat systems in the current fiscal environment,” says Loren Thompson, chief operating officer for the Lexington Institute, a conservative think tank. He says the programs are being funded “robustly” with a clear understanding of the “utility that helicopters bring to current war fighting.”  Read Full Article Here

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