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Army Vertical Lift Capability Key to Indo-Pacific Strategy

Army Vertical Lift Key to Indo-Pacific Strategy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The distances involved in a war in the Pacific are a challenge for any military platform, let alone rotary-wing aircraft. However, Army officials believe the service can exploit gaps in the air domain and challenge adversaries in the Pacific theater with future rotorcraft.The Army’s requirement is to be able to self-deploy and project force into the Indo-Pacific from Hawaii, said Maj. Gen. Walter Rugen, director of the Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team at Army Futures Command. That’s why Future Vertical Lift programs are critical: they provide the speed …

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