In the United States, the concept of a gun for helicopters of the future was presented

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Northrop Grumman Corporation showed the concept of a gun that can be equipped with helicopters created under the Future Vertical Lift program.

Northrop Grumman has begun to create a prototype of a 20-millimeter gun, called the Sky Viper: this was announced by the corporation on March 10, during a media briefing.

It is assumed that it can be used for a new type of helicopter created under the Future Vertical Lift program. The competitor is the XM915 from General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.

Sky Viper

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There is no detailed information about Sky Viper yet. It is known, however, that the weapon will be built on the basis of the 30-millimeter M230 gun used on AH-64 Apache helicopters.

Recall that now the Future Vertical Lift program is actively developing two areas: Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA). The first is designed to find a replacement for the UH-60 multi — purpose helicopter, and the second is to develop a new type of reconnaissance and strike vehicle.

Bell 360 Invictus for FARA

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Last year, the U.S. Army selected two finalists for the FARA program.

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