Nine Years of Cooperation: The US-German Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Helicopter Aeromechanics 2003-2012
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ARMY RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING COMMAND REDSTONE ARSENAL AL
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For 30 years, the United States Department of the Army through the Aeroflightdynamics Directorate AFDD, AMCOM and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA, and the German Ministry of Defense MoD through the German Aerospace Center DLR have mutually benefited from a long-standing Memorandum of Understanding MoU for Cooperative Research in the Field of Helicopter Aeromechanics. The mission of this joint venture is to bring together motivated scientists and visionary engineers in order to elucidate corresponding research perspectives. With the ever increasing constraints of national resources this agreement has proven over the last three decades to be a catalyst for effectively reducing the national workloads while widening research capabilities and enhancing research productivity. This MoU is considered a textbook example of a mature, formal exchange agreement.