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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.

October 14, 2020

Sikorsky and Boeing's joint proposal for the Army's Future Long Range Assault Aircraft effort, the SB-1 Defiant, achieved speeds up to 232 knots using less-than-full engine power during a flight demonstration, company officials said today.

October 13, 2020

Bell will soon start assembling the 360 Invictus, its prototype for the Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program, after being selected earlier this year to move onto the effort's competitive flight test phase, company officials tell Inside Defense.

September 25, 2020

Production for the CH-53K helicopter is progressing on schedule despite the COVID-19 pandemic, prime contractor Sikorsky says.

September 16, 2020

The White House has sent the Senate Armed Services Committee a list of provisions in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill it does not like, but chose to lead with one President Trump has said would make him veto the entire must-pass bill -- the re-naming of U.S. military bases that currently honor Confederate leaders.

August 31, 2020

AFWERX is considering launching more programs in dual-use technology sectors while also eyeing export options for its inaugural Agility Prime effort that's pushing to bring electric vertical takeoff and landing providers to market amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 31, 2020

The Marine Corps has pushed back the scheduled start of testing for the VH-92A presidential helicopter by six months, which will allow the Marine operational squadron more time to familiarize itself with the aircraft and prevent overlap between testing and the busy presidential election cycle.

August 18, 2020

The HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter program is working through technical deficiencies found during developmental testing, implementing more industry-standard software practices and planning to solicit proposals for a capability upgrades contract this coming fall.

August 5, 2020

Sikorsky will deliver the first production lot of HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopters one month later than expected next year because of issues created by the coronavirus pandemic, according to an Air Force spokesman.

July 30, 2020

Several defense contractors this week said sales rose during the most recent quarter, despite the ongoing pandemic.

July 24, 2020

The Army is planning demonstrations for two key efforts under its future vertical lift modernization priority while working toward getting requirements for the platforms, a service official told reporters today.

June 22, 2020

The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee wants the Army secretary to deliver a report on future vertical lift sensor payloads amid concerns about the service’s FVL acquisition strategy.

June 15, 2020

Boeing-Leonardo's MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter still has not obtained a Federal Aviation Administration certification to fly -- pushing back the start of Air Force flight testing by one year.

June 11, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 25-2 Wednesday evening to approve its version of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill, including billions of dollars in new U.S. military investments focused on deterring China in the Indo-Pacific region.

June 10, 2020

The Army is using future vertical lift platforms as pilot programs for its new intellectual property strategy, according to the director of the service’s aviation office.

June 8, 2020

While Army senior leaders are assessing the health of their programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the service's acquisition executive is also focused on taking a "holistic economic model of the Army," he said today.

June 3, 2020

The Navy will receive its first low-rate initial production aircraft for the Marine Corps' new heavy-lift helicopter program more than a year late, according to a new watchdog report.

May 21, 2020

The Air Force is standing up a joint developmental and operational test force that integrates military, civilian and contractor personnel to support the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent and serve as a model for future programs.

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