Boeing’s Rotte on Defiant’s Successful First Flight, Army Aviation Plans, Chinook Cut


Col. Randy Rotte, US Army Ret., the director of global‎ sales and marketing for cargo helicopters and future vertical lift at Boeing Defense, Space & Security, discusses the first flight of the Defiant aircraft developed cooperatively by the company and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, the attributes of the co-axial, compound design and suitability for the US Army’s Capability Set 1, and the service’s decision to cut funding for the Block II version of the CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was conducted at the Army Aviation Association of America’s 2019 conference and trade show in Nashville, Tenn., where our coverage was sponsored by Bell and Leonardo DRS.

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