Sunday, September 7, 2008

Army Testing Tilt-Rotor Tech

The oft-cited Defense Science Board (DSB) report (see sidebar) says one of its top 3 game changing energy technologies is the replacement of massively energy inefficient helicopters with tilt-rotor craft like the V-22 Osprey. (Note: an earlier post covers one of the other two, the Blended Wing Body aircraft design.)

The DefenseTech blog recently commented on the Army's decision to begin training with the V-22. While the author cites the undeniable tactical advantages: twice the speed and range of helicopters, the DSB and me are also excited about the huge fuel savings the V-22 brings. This is great stuff ... check it out here.

DOD Photo courtesy of Jim Gordon @ Flickr

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