AVX Aircraft is one of the four companies to be awarded a Technology Investment Agreement by the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) in respect of taking forward its Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter design to the next stage.
The coaxial design is one of two being considered by the U.S. Army, the other being that of the new Boeing/Sikorsky joint partnership over Sikorsky’s X2 technology. Bell Helicopter's third-generation V-280 tiltrotor design is also under consideration.
Rear ramp of the AVX design. Graphics courtesy of AVX Aircraft
AVX Aircraft has been working on a Compound Coaxial Helicopter (CCH) since 2009 as part of the JMR Configuration Trades and Analysis (CTA) program. The AMRDEC award means that AVX can continue with its design process, although the company has not said how or where a Technology Demonstrator aircraft would be built. Many of AVX Aircraft’s employees have experience gained in the rotorcraft industry, particularly with Bell Helicopter.
AVX states that its JMR version could carry 14 soldiers and would side doors in addition to a rear ramp for troop and cargo movement.
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