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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.

October 21, 2015 | Daily News

The chairman of the National Commission on the Future of the Army has responded to congressional critics by way of a sharply worded letter, arguing that accusations of the panel missing its mark are unfounded.

October 12, 2015 | Daily News

The Army may be unable to sign a long-planned multiyear, multibillion-dollar contract with Boeing for AH-64E Apache helicopters should a yearlong continuing resolution occur, according to the official heading program.

October 09, 2015 | Daily News

The Navy is in the midst of flying the V-22 Osprey from the aircraft carrier Eisenhower (CVN-69) to "expand the envelope" of how the tiltrotor aircraft can take off and land on a carrier.

October 09, 2015 | Inside the Army

The Army National Guard this week will being transferring 24 AH-64D Apache helicopters from four separate Guard units to the active Army, a move that is to be completed by the end of this month.

October 09, 2015 | Inside the Navy

Naval Air Systems Command is in the planning stages of pursuing a third multiyear contract to purchase another batch of Bell-Boeing's V-22 tiltrotor Ospreys between fiscal years 2018 and 2022.

October 09, 2015 | Daily News

Congress has granted the Defense Department a modicum of budget relief, granting permission to shift $3.9 billion between accounts as part of a reallocation of previously appropriated funds, injecting more than $350 million in additional spending into weapons modernization accounts and giving the Pentagon a green light to launch three new-start projects.

October 07, 2015 | Daily News

The new Navy and Marine Corps chiefs have met "several times" and tentatively identified three priorities for the naval forces, according to a senior Marine Corps official.

October 02, 2015 | Inside the Navy

The Marine Corps is investigating what kind of weapons could be equipped to its growing fleet of MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, with the capability likely to be introduced during the aircraft's mid-life upgrade, according to a service official.

October 02, 2015 | Inside the Army

The House last week passed a defense bill that would add $128 million to the Army's request for UH-60 Black Hawk buys and calls for a report on ways the National Guard could accelerate replacement of its older helicopters.

September 18, 2015 | Inside the Army

The National Commission on the Future of the Army next month will begin a classified exercise to run numbers from both the active service's Aviation Restructure Initiative and the National Guard's alternate aviation proposal in the hopes of finding a "blended capability" option.

September 18, 2015 | Inside the Army

The outgoing Army secretary last week argued the National Guard will not be pushed out of the combat aviation game when AH-64 Apache attack helicopters are transferred out of the reserve forces and into the active service, despite concerns to the contrary.

September 18, 2015 | Inside the Army

The Army has awarded Boeing an additional $131.2 million to build CH-47F Chinook helicopters in a foreign military sale to Turkey, according to a Defense Department announcement last week.

September 17, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

Sikorksy has selected Rockwell Collins as its avionics supplier for the next generation combat rescue helicopters, the companies announced Sept. 14 at the Air Force Association's annual conference in National Harbor, MD.