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August 18, 2017 |

The Army is executing a multiyear procurement contract for UH-60M utility helicopters with Sikorsky that obligates the government to buy 51 fewer helicopters, or 20 percent less, between fiscal years 2017 and 2021 than the service originally proposed to Congress when seeking authorization for a five-year deal, offsetting the cuts in part with foreign military sales.

August 17, 2017 |

The Defense Department has tapped Science and Engineering Services to perform maintenance and training services for the Afghan Air Force's future fleet of UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters, according to a recent award notice.

August 14, 2017 |

The Trump administration is echoing concerns raised by the Obama administration about the ability of the aerospace sector to sustain the unique design and manufacturing skills needed to ensure future U.S. military combat aircraft can be both designed and produced, according to a report by the Pentagon office charged with monitoring the defense industrial base.

August 09, 2017 |

The Army is looking to increase collaboration with industry ahead of an anticipated capstone demonstration for open architecture, according to a notice on Federal Business Opportunities.

August 09, 2017 |

The Army on July 27 awarded an engineering and manufacturing development contract to Boeing for upgrades to the CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.

August 02, 2017 |

The Future Vertical Lift program is "in a good position" to leverage industry's technological development in support of broad modernization of the joint force aviation fleet, according to a Defense Department official.

August 01, 2017 |

The Army, which last month awarded a multiyear procurement contract for the Black Hawk helicopter, is laying the groundwork for a potential expansion of that award.

July 14, 2017 |

Rapid acquisition language included in the Senate Armed Services Committee's report on the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill released this week could put lawmakers and the Air Force at odds over the UH-1N Huey replacement effort.

July 13, 2017 |

The Air Force on Thursday published its final request for proposals 188503 for the best-value competition to replace the 1960s-era Bell UH-1N Huey fleet.

July 06, 2017 |

The Defense Department has awarded Sikorsky a multiyear procurement contract worth up to $3.8 billion for Black Hawks for the U.S. Army and Saudi Arabia, according to a pair of recent announcements.

July 05, 2017 |

Congressional appropriators intend to provide a funding boost for procurement of several Army aviation platforms in fiscal year 2018, but have elected to hold others steady.

June 30, 2017 |

The House Armed Services Committee is joining the latest push to field a replacement for the 1960s-era UH-1N Huey sooner in the committee's mark of the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill, citing top military officials' comments to illustrate the need for a sole-source contract.

June 28, 2017 |

The Defense Department has certified a new multiyear procurement for the UH-60M Black Hawk, and the Army expects to award the contract within the next week.

June 27, 2017 |

The Pentagon wants to consolidate all remaining MV-22 orders -- 67 tiltrotor Ospreys -- into a single, $5.7 billion contract that would run seven years and lower the program's tab by $648 million compared to annual purchases, a move that would provide significant stability to the Bell-Boeing and Rolls Royce team that builds the aircraft.

June 25, 2017 |

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft version of its fiscal year 2018 defense spending bill Sunday night that would boost weapons procurement by $18.6 billion above what is sought by the Trump administration and $24 billion more than what was enacted in FY-17.

June 19, 2017 |

The Navy is looking to replace its training helicopter fleet and anticipates releasing a request for proposals for the effort in late fiscal year 2019 or early FY-20, according to the service.

June 13, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

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