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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.

January 08, 2016 | Inside the Army

Northrop Grumman and the Army are moving forward on producing the Common Infrared Countermeasure system after bidder BAE Systems dropped a contract protest in November, and officials said it may be possible for the losing company to get back into the program in the future.

December 18, 2015 | Inside the Army

Lockheed Martin last week won an initial $107.8 million foreign military sales contract to make Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensors for AH-64E Apache helicopters used by the Indian army.

December 07, 2015 | Daily News

The Marine Corps has reported a new schedule breach in its effort to develop the CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter, a six-month setback that will hold up consideration of whether to transition the Sikorsky-led, $29 billion program from development to production from next summer until early 2017.

November 20, 2015 | Inside the Army

The Army is planning to draw up a new contract with Airbus to buy 16 LUH-72A Lakota helicopters remaining in the service's fiscal year 2016 budget plans, a move that may rekindle discussions about whether the service is allowed to sole-source the choppers, leaving competitor AgustaWestland in the dust.

November 13, 2015 | Inside the Army

The Army has awarded Airbus a $65.8 million contract to build 12 LUH-72A Lakota helicopters, the company announced last week.

November 13, 2015 | Inside the Army

Pennsylvania lawmakers are hoping a new state resolution can help them hold on to Army National Guard attack helicopters and soldiers within the commonwealth until the National Commission on the Future of the Army issues a recommendation in February.

November 12, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Afghan Air Force is investigating a replacement for its Mi-17 helicopters, but until a long-term solution is found, the U.S. military is turning toward former Soviet Bloc nations to keep them flying.

November 11, 2015 | Daily News

The two-year budget deal enacted last week will require the Pentagon to execute a spending plan in fiscal year 2017 that is $14.9 billion short of the amount originally sought, a decrement that will curtail desired investments to develop new “third-offset” capabilities, but not likely to disrupt acquisition plans for the portfolio of legacy big ticket weapons programs.

October 27, 2015 | Daily News

The proposed two-year budget would raise the statutory caps on the Pentagon's base budget by $38.2 billion in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, handing the Defense Department a short-term victory for plans to propel modernization spending toward pre-sequester levels, boosting prospects for numerous big-ticket weapons programs in fiscal year 2016.

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