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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.

June 07, 2017 |

The Army is seeking industry input on the mission systems architecture demonstration component of a key aviation science and technology effort, according to a solicitation on Federal Business Opportunities.

June 02, 2017 |

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2018 budget request proposes trimming 11 aircraft -- or 17 percent -- from planned MV-22 Osprey aircraft purchases across the Navy and Marine Corps' five-year spending forecast, while also seeking authorization for a seven-year block buy of the Bell-Boeing-built weapon system.

June 02, 2017 |

The Air Force is asking for $354.5 million in its fiscal year 2018 research and development budget for the Combat Rescue Helicopter program, which passed the critical design review for its platform in May.

May 31, 2017 |

The president's budget request for fiscal year 2018 includes $4.6 billion for Army aircraft procurement, with multiyear buys of the AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk dominating the spending.

May 12, 2017 |

The Air Force plans to release the final request for proposals for the UH-1N Huey recapitalization program July 17, and laid out its anticipated production schedule in slides from its most recent industry day.

May 11, 2017 |

While the Navy maintains the CH-53K program is on schedule, a key Pentagon office says the heavy-lift helicopter won't be ready to deploy until a full year after the service's planned timing.

May 08, 2017 |

Army aviators and their European counterparts are taking steps to improve interoperability in advance of a potential conflict in the region.

May 08, 2017 |

The Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator, intended to inform the Defense Department's Future Vertical Lift effort, is entering a critical phase.

May 02, 2017 |

PHILADELPHIA, PA. -- Boeing officials plan to seek clarity from the Air Force about changes included in the latest draft request for proposals in the competition to replace the UH-1N Huey fleet, saying they’re unsure why the service is pushing certain requirements and seem to be pursuing a development program rather than an off-the-shelf procurement.

May 01, 2017 |

The Marine Corps reset of its CH-53E heavy-lift helicopter effort will take longer than anticipated, but cost projections are holding and the initial aircraft returned to the fleet are performing better than expected, according to service officials.

April 28, 2017 |

The Air Force will judge helicopters pitched to replace the UH-1N Huey on four criteria that were added into the classified second draft request for proposals earlier this month, a service spokeswoman told Inside the Air Force this week.

April 28, 2017 |

NASHVILLE, TN -- The Army is working to address dozens of recommendations generated by a broad-based review of its aviation portfolio, the aviation branch chief said April 27.

April 28, 2017 |

NASHVILLE, TN -- While the initial effort on Future Vertical Lift is focused on a medium-lift platform, the Army’s top priority remains an armed reconnaissance aircraft, according to the service's aviation branch chief.

April 27, 2017 |

NASHVILLE, TN -- Ongoing funding instability is hurting critical modernization efforts for Army aviation, a service official said at an annual gathering here hosted by the Army Aviation Association of America.

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