Advances in Rotorcraft Technology (Les Avancees en Technologies Pour Aeronefs a Voilure Tournante).
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRAN CE)
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The Flight Vehicle Integration Panel regularly addresses rotorcraft issues within the various subject areas and activities of the Panels technical program, along side those of the other aviation modes. From time to time, however, the Panel dedicates a symposium exclusively to rotorcraft, for the purpose of taking stock in a more focused way of the expanding operational role of military rotorcraft and the evolution of the vehicle, its systems and technologies. In planning this latest in the series of dedicated rotorcraft symposia, the Panel could look back over almost a decade of progress and change since the 1986 symposium on Rotorcraft Design for Operations. In that time, new rotorcraft have been designed and tested others have been introduced into operational service and on all sides, so-called new technologies have become commonplace in applications. The Gulf War put rotorcraft to the test in new war-fighting conditions, redefining terms such as degraded visual environment and situational awareness in a complex digital war in the desert. And finally, the defining event of this last decade, the end to the Cold War, has dramatically changed the posture of all of the western world militaries it is widely accepted, however, that the new world that is emerging in place of the old will demand expanded use of rotorcraft.