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March 5, 2021

The Marine Corps' CH-53K helicopter program faces further cost increases due to the overlap between testing and procurement and an unreliable schedule, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday.

February 26, 2021

The Marine Corps started its initial operational test and evaluation for the new VH-92A presidential helicopter earlier this month, program spokeswoman Megan Wasel told Inside Defense Friday.

February 24, 2021

Sierra Nevada Corp. has filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Office against the Air Force's solicitation for a nearly $1 billion HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter upgrades contract the service is sole sourcing to Sikorsky.

February 10, 2021

The Air Force is not planning to revise its testing strategy for the MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter program, even though the Pentagon's chief weapons tester cautioned it relies too heavily on suboptimal, contractor-led evaluations.

February 5, 2021

The Army is seeking information on Long Range Precision Munition solutions that can be demonstrated at a planned shoot-off in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, in an effort to inform LRPM capabilities development and the selection of vendors to integrate and test on Army aviation platforms.

February 5, 2021

The Navy is searching for a vertical lift capability with maritime strike to replace its current fleet of MH-60R/S helicopters and MQ-8B/C unmanned air vehicles, releasing a request for information last month to inform a future analysis of alternatives.

January 25, 2021

Sikorsky and Boeing today announced their official joint proposal for the Army's Future Long Range Assault Aircraft, the DEFIANT X, as the Army gears up to issue a request for proposals for the effort this spring.

January 14, 2021

The Pentagon's chief weapons tester is recommending the Army improve and verify software reliability for the second initial operational test and evaluation of the service's UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters, after the first test was deemed inadequate.

January 14, 2021

Pentagon chief weapons tester Robert Behler warns the MH-139A Grey Wolf program's continued delays obtaining a military flight release is not only driving the Air Force to rely on suboptimal, contractor-led testing but potentially jeopardizing the milestone C decision to begin production.

January 13, 2021

The Pentagon's chief weapons tester says the government needs to spend the next 10 years updating weapons testing processes and infrastructure, paying special attention to space and cyber capabilities.

December 23, 2020

The Air Force's new search-and-rescue helicopter program is running about two months behind schedule to achieve key milestones as a result of reduced testing site availability and production-related issues amid the COVID-19 pandemic, service spokesman Brian Brackens told Inside Defense.

December 22, 2020

Congress is increasing funding for the Army's CH-47F Chinook Block II program in fiscal year 2021, including reinstating $29 million in advance procurement funding for the program for the second year in a row.

December 17, 2020

Bell's offering for the Army's Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft hit 200 flight hours this month since its first flight three years ago, a company official told Inside Defense yesterday.

December 8, 2020

The CH-53K helicopter's training systems have all been declared ready for training, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary and the prime contractor for the program, announced last week.

December 8, 2020

The CH-53K helicopter's training systems have all been declared ready for training, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary and the prime contractor for the program, announced last week.

December 3, 2020

The Air Force has again pushed back the solicitation for a capability upgrades contract to modernize its new personnel recovery aircraft -- the HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter -- as the program continues to determine its needs.

December 1, 2020

The Marine Corps has identified changes it can make to the VH-92A presidential helicopter's Auxiliary Power Unit exhaust system that will reduce the risk of damage to the aircraft's landing zone.

November 24, 2020

The Marine Corps has stretched out its acquisition plan for the CH-53K helicopter, according to the Defense Department's recently released 2019 Selected Acquisition Report.

November 13, 2020

The Army and Sikorsky are planning flight tests next year using UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters retrofitted with an artificial intelligence co-piloting software, company officials told reporters yesterday.

October 21, 2020

The Navy has received its first four CMV-22s, the new tiltrotor which will deliver cargo to aircraft carriers and replace the legacy C-2A Greyhound.