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February 16, 2017 |

The Air Force is pushing back its final request for proposals for the UH-1N Huey replacement effort from this month until sometime this summer, a service spokesman said this week, and will release a second draft RFP in April.

February 08, 2017 |

The Marine Corps is planning to test out multiple airborne sensors on the V-22 Osprey in a "fly-off" this spring, as service officials continue to mull installing weaponry on the tiltrotor aircraft, according to the head of Marine aviation. 

February 03, 2017 | Inside the Navy

The Navy is planning for the CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter program to receive a low-rate initial production decision in March after resolving design issues flagged by the Pentagon's top weapons tester, according to the program office.

January 16, 2017 |

A new budget blueprint drawn up by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) would fund a massive military buildup by seeking an additional $430 billion in defense spending above what the Obama administration had planned for the next five years, Inside Defense has learned.

January 06, 2017 | Inside the Navy

The Navy will soon begin training aircrews and maintenance personnel on the V-22 Osprey as part of a new detachment at Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC, according to the service.

January 06, 2017 |

The Navy and V-22 Osprey maker Bell-Boeing have temporarily averted a crisis caused by  government plans to procure fewer aircraft than contractually required that threatens to torpedo a multiyear procurement deal -- a package that bundled $6.5 billion worth of aircraft and promised savings of $850 million compared to annual purchases.

January 06, 2017 | Inside the Army

The Army is seeking proposals from industry to support simulation efforts for current and future aviation platforms, according to a broad agency announcement on Federal Business Opportunities.

December 09, 2016 | Inside the Navy

The Marine Corps is planning to partner its development of a large, sea-based unmanned aerial system with an Army-led effort to develop helicopter replacements for the joint force, according to a Marine official.

December 09, 2016 | Inside the Army

The Army, which is currently focused on the mid-sized airframe within the Future Vertical Lift family of systems, has yet to determine the best path forward on an attack aircraft, says the TRADOC capability manager for FVL.

December 09, 2016 | Inside the Army

The Army and the Defense Department have provided new information on the White House's request for additional funding to support the modernization of the Afghan military's helicopter fleet.

December 09, 2016 | Inside the Army

The Army has the lead role on the first aircraft pursued under Future Vertical Lift, a multiservice initiative to overhaul the Defense Department's rotorcraft fleet, but that may not be the case for further capability sets.

December 08, 2016 |

The State Department has approved $8.6 billion worth of potential foreign military sales packages to countries in the Middle East, the bulk of which would come from a pair of helicopter deals with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to a series of Thursday notices from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

December 07, 2016 |

Sikorsky completed its training systems preliminary design review for the Combat Rescue Helicopter in August, and has built a new laboratory complex to test the helicopter's main flight systems, the company announced Wednesday.

December 02, 2016 |

The Air Force released a draft request for proposals for its UH-1N Huey replacement program on Friday, announcing its intent to procure up to 84 helicopters through an open competition.

November 23, 2016 | Inside the Navy

The Navy is planning to stretch out the next multiyear procurement contract for V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to seven years, according to a recent industry notice.

November 22, 2016 |

The decision by House and Senate leaders to delay action on a full-year fiscal year 2017 spending bill until the spring could restrain Pentagon plans to increase funding across a wide range of modernization programs, including the entire strategic weapon system recapitalization portfolio and marquee projects critical to each military service.

November 11, 2016 | Inside the Navy

The Marine Corps is working with Spain and Italy on a component improvement program for the F-402 Pegasus propulsion system on the AV-8B Harrier, according to Naval Air Systems Command.

November 07, 2016 |

The Navy has agreed to continue contracting with Sikorsky Aircraft for presidential helicopter maintenance as part of a deal to rein in production costs on the CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter program.

November 04, 2016 |

The Defense Department has concluded that a planned family of systems to overhaul the Army's aviation fleet can proceed, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

October 25, 2016 |

The Army has clarified its requirements for the first Future Vertical Lift aircraft ahead of a key acquisition decision this week.