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June 10, 2021

Leonardo Helicopters delivered the first next-generation TH-73A training helicopter to the Navy today, marking a significant step for a program which is Leonardo's first as a prime contractor.

June 9, 2021

The Army has sent Congress a legislative proposal asking to use a multiyear contract to buy UH/HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters beginning next fiscal year that could produce significant savings for the service.

June 1, 2021

The Army has managed to protect its top modernization programs despite taking a hit in its fiscal year 2022 budget request, according to budget documents released last week.

May 28, 2021

The Air Force has deferred near-term procurement of the MH-139 Grey Wolf due to Federal Aviation Administration certification issues, officials confirmed today.

May 28, 2021

The Army, after eliminating seven programs in fiscal year 2022, will reinvest $47.8 million into next generation capabilities that support multidomain operations, according to the service's budget request released today.

May 28, 2021

Despite repeated statements from lawmakers and the Navy itself that the fleet needs to grow to counter China, the Navy plans to procure just eight ships in the Biden administration's fiscal year 2022 budget.

May 28, 2021

The Pentagon is seeking $245.6 billion in total modernization funds for fiscal year 2022, a $2.4 billion increase above what Congress enacted in FY-21, though the department plans to reduce procurement and divest some "outdated" weapon systems.

May 24, 2021

The Biden administration will send its fiscal year 2022 defense budget request to Congress on Friday, setting the stage for debates on spending levels, modernization priorities and the potential divestiture of weapon systems deemed unsuitable for competition with China, the Pentagon's "pacing challenge."

April 29, 2021

The Army is currently training another unit with the newest Apache AH-64E Version 6 helicopter after initially fielding the aircraft earlier this year to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, an Army official told reporters today.

April 28, 2021

Sierra Nevada Corp. has filed a lawsuit against the Air Force in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleging the service violated competition rules when deciding to award Sikorsky a nearly $1 billion sole-source contract to upgrade the HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter.

April 23, 2021

The Army is delaying the last two acquisition milestones for the $8.2 billion Joint Air-to-Ground Missile program, pushing target dates for integrating the next-generation, airborne-launched weapon -- originally slated to be accomplished last year -- into 2022, changes driven by technical difficulties encountered while attempting to integrate the new missile onto Marine Corps helicopters.

April 15, 2021

The Army Requirements Oversight Council has approved the requirements for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, a service official said yesterday.

April 1, 2021

The Army will train additional experimental test pilots over the next two months and will look at "critical items" for the second phase of the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft competitive demonstration and risk reduction before beginning the official program of record, service officials told reporters yesterday.

March 17, 2021

Industry's investment in the Army's Future Vertical Lift modernization priority has made it possible for the service to afford both aircraft under the effort, a service official said today.

March 11, 2021

Northrop Grumman is building a prototype of the Sky Viper, a 20 mm chain gun that could potentially be used by the Army on its Future Vertical Lift aircraft, company officials told reporters yesterday.

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.