RIDLEY PARK, Pa., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Boeing reports it has received a U.S. Army contract for continued development of technology to improve helicopter maneuverability and performance.
The Phase II contract for the Adaptive Vehicle Management System is worth $18 million.
"This second phase will encompass more than 100 hours of flight test time and allow us to build on the great work we've accomplished over the past two years," said James Dryfoos, AVMS program manager for Boeing.
Under the award, Boeing will flight test the AVMS system on the modified Boeing H-6 helicopter, a Boeing AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook to demonstrate the portability of the design and demonstrate its ability to improved flight performance during attack and cargo missions.
"Phase II also allows us to continue H-6 flight control test bed prototyping activities to expand AVMS' capabilities," said Steve Glusman, director, Boeing Advanced Mobility. "AVMS will be a key capability in future Boeing aircraft such as Future Vertical Lift rotorcraft."