Army aviation advances must continue 

Col.(P) Timothy Edens stresses need for enterprise approach

The Army aviation fleet must have significant – not incremental -- improvements in the future so aircraft are ready to meet future operations, according to Col. (P) Timothy J. Edens.

Speaking Jan. 13 at AUSA’s Aviation Symposium and Exhibition, Edens, the deputy commander and assistant commandant of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, Ala., outlined aircraft upgrades that have come online or will in the near future, but he stressed technological advances need to continue.

“We must be rapid, and we must be deliberate,” Edens said.

Significant increases in range, speed, payload, survivability, reliability and reduced logistical footprint are all vital requirements that can only be met with a collaborative science and technology effort between the Army and its industry partners. Many of today’s successes have already come from this partnership.

“We must work together in an enterprise approach,” he said. “We have to start now.”