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The Army is currently on track to officially select a brand new armed scout helicopter by some time in 2020, and with several future vertical life prototypes flexing their muscles in a bid for the freakishly lucrative contract, the service's chief advocacy group decided to remind the world where the inspiration for its new copter really came from.

So Avatar at $30 million a pop, basically.

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An artist's depiction of the S-97 Raider light tactical prototype (Lockheed Martin)

Undeterred by decades of failure, the U.S. Army is trying again to acquire a new scout helicopter. The new rotorcraft is supposed to restore the dedicated aerial scout mission the Army gave up when in 2017 it retired its roughly 300 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior copters.

And here's a surprise. The new Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft also will replace half of the ground-combat branch's 700 Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters.

Aviation Week reporter Stephen Trimble was the first to report the news. Joseph Trevithick at The War Zone piled on.

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