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April 15, 2016 | Inside the Army

The Defense Department has asked Congress for the authority to execute multiyear contracts for the procurement of Apache and Black Hawk helicopters, claiming such long-term deals would yield cost savings.

April 01, 2016 | Inside the Navy

The Navy awarded the Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office a $151 million deal last week to begin developing modifications to the V-22 Osprey so it can perform aircraft carrier deliveries for the service.

March 25, 2016 | Inside the Army

A joint program meant to reinvent military lift platforms while satisfying individual service requirements has begun to attract interest from foreign governments and could address civil aviation needs as well, according to Army Training and Doctrine Command's capability manager for Future Vertical Lift.

March 24, 2016 | Daily News

The Defense Department reported a net increase of $4.5 billion over the last year in total program cost for its entire portfolio of major weapon system programs -- a collection of 79 big-ticket projects that accounted for $73 billion in the fiscal year 2016 budget -- with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Pentagon's single biggest acquisition, notching the largest reduction in estimated acquisition cost.

March 17, 2016 | Daily News

The recapitalization effort for the Air Force's nuclear convoy helicopters would cost $1.4 billion, Air Force officials confirmed Wednesday.

March 03, 2016 | Daily News

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) signaled he would fight the Army's proposed fiscal year 2017 budget for aviation, contending the requested $3.6 billion is not enough.

February 26, 2016 | Inside the Army

The Army is seeking industry input on potential aircraft designs for its Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Family of Systems (FOS), according to documents published last week on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

February 25, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

Each existing UH-1N Huey helicopter unit has increased the number of pilots and engineers it has, but the squadrons' full manning numbers will depend on the Air Force's final acquisition strategy for the aircraft's replacement.

February 16, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force has revealed the full scope of its new Huey replacement program to be a $2.4 billion acquisition -- more than twice the amount the service previously planned -- a prize being eyed by five potential prime contractors who await a planned decision as soon as this spring on an acquisition strategy for the nuclear fleet support helicopter modernization project.

February 12, 2016 | Inside the Army

The Army wants to spend big money on aviation research and development in fiscal year 2017, including developing a new helicopter engine, antimissile radars, and sensors that will enable helicopter pilots to navigate in dusty or foggy conditions.

February 12, 2016 | Daily News

The Navy is purchasing V-22 Ospreys to fulfill its carrier on-board delivery mission, but the service does not want to rule out using the aircraft for other missions including those to support U.S. Special Operations Command, according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

February 11, 2016 | Daily News

The Army wants to consolidate the bulk of its major helicopter purchases into a pair of multiyear contracts beginning in fiscal year 2017 -- a $3.3 billion deal with Boeing and a $3.7 billion deal with Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky -- a move the service claims could save nearly $900 million.

February 10, 2016 | Daily News

The Air Force could lay out its acquisition strategy for the UH-1N replacement this spring, a plan that has moved away from a modified service aircraft option toward a possible sole-source acquisition.

February 09, 2016 | Daily News

While the Army says it wants to modernize and maintain its Apache, Black Hawk and Chinook helicopter fleets next year, the service's aircraft portfolio as a whole is set to drop by $2.25 billion from this fiscal year to the next, according to the fiscal year 2017 budget request.

February 09, 2016 | Daily News

The Pentagon was forced to cut $11.2 billion from modernization programs to help plug a $17 billion shortfall in fiscal year 2017, according to Defense Department Comptroller Mike McCord.

January 29, 2016 | Inside the Navy

Naval Air Systems Command is still seeking additional international customers for the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor helicopter, with the U.S. military's procurement of the Bell-Boeing aircraft projected to temporarily slow down in the coming years.

January 21, 2016 | Daily News

The Marine Corps' aviation chief is "concerned" about the service's aviation readiness rates in terms of both equipment and personnel and aims for the service to rectify those numbers by 2020.

January 13, 2016 | Daily News

The Army is investigating a quality-control problem at the Apache production line that sources say goes back seven years, as the service hopes to sign a new contract with manufacturer Boeing this summer.

January 13, 2016 | Daily News

The Army is investigating a quality-control problem at the Apache production line that sources say goes back eight years, as the service hopes to sign a new contract with manufacturer Boeing this summer.

January 08, 2016 | Inside the Army

Lockheed Martin has won a $130.6 million contract to install color displays in the cockpits of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters used by the U.S. Army and the Qatari Air Force, according to a company announcement.

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