NATO plans to develop the next generation of rotorcraft

According to a statement released by NATO recently, France, Germany, Britain, Italy and Greece have signed a letter of intent to jointly develop a new type of gyroplane in the next few years to replace the medium-sized helicopters serving in the five countries, which is known as the “combat capability of the next generation of gyroplane” project, according to the website of us “recent aviation”. “Medium helicopters are an important part of NATO’s military strength and a key force for NATO’s rapid deployment and access to the war zone,” milcha jewana, NATO’s deputy secretary general, said after signing the agreement At present, many medium-sized helicopters used by NATO are approaching their service life. The goal of the plan is to enable NATO allies participating in the project to develop and deploy the next generation of rotorcraft as soon as possible, so as to ensure that the combat power of NATO medium helicopter does not break down. < / P > < p > in fact, the five NATO countries began to promote the “next generation rotorcraft combat capability” project very early. In 2015, researchers from the five countries first proposed the project at the seminar on future needs, and a project expert group was established in 2016. In 2018, the project expert group issued a demonstration report on the necessity of replacing old helicopters. According to the work plan, the project expert group will hold a special seminar on this topic next year, and issue a research report on the technical requirements of the next generation rotorcraft in the next few years to provide support for the project development. < / P > < p > Colonel Paul Morris, assistant to the head of the British Army’s air combat exercise, said that NATO is exploring more advanced areas, striving to control avionics by wire technology, while creating a modular architecture to maximize the operational capability of rotorcraft. Morris also said that the next generation of rotorcraft will become the only choice for NATO troops to conduct global deployment and urban operations. < / P > < p > NATO vigorously develops the next generation of rotorcraft in order to further maintain its technical advantages and enhance its combat capability through the iteration of weapons and equipment. When evaluating the project, mircha jewana once said: “to guide the military development plan through a transnational framework can further ensure that NATO has the best operational capability.” < / P > < p > at present, NATO, led by the United States, is increasing investment in the research and development of rotorcraft. In 2019, American helicopter manufacturer bell company announced a new generation of rotorcraft project, saying that it will provide a cheap, flexible and powerful armed helicopter for the US military. This time, the five NATO countries jointly launched the “next generation rotorcraft combat capability” project, with the intention of following the accelerated development of the U.S. in the rotorcraft field, and the purpose of improving the combat capability of their respective rotorcraft. As far as NATO is concerned, to achieve technological leadership in the field of rotorcraft can further carry out air reconnaissance and early warning against Russia. In addition, the promotion of this project will make the next generation rotorcraft become the backbone equipment in the future helicopter equipment system of NATO, and further enhance the Distributed Combat Capability of NATO troops. Its development is worthy of vigilance.