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Vertical Flight

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Future Vertical Lift cross-functional team aims "to accelerate selected disruptive technologies" to enable Army aviation operations in a contested environment, over greater distances and through advanced teaming with unmanned aerial systems to "keep us viable in the air domain," according to its director.

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Army's aviation branch is "in a relatively healthy posture right now," thanks in part to congressional appropriations, but like the rest of the force is shifting its focus toward a potential near-peer adversary, according to the branch chief.

March 27, 2018 | Daily News

The Army's Future Vertical Lift cross-functional team is focused not only on replacements for the service's rotary aviation fleet, but on developing new unmanned aerial systems for "advanced teaming."

March 26, 2018 | Daily News

The Army on March 22 awarded Airbus $116.9 million for procurement of 16 UH-72 Lakota helicopters, according to a Defense Department announcement, obligating nearly $58.5 million in FY-16 funds at the time of the award.

March 26, 2018 | Daily News

Despite schedule slips in the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator effort, the Army-led Future Vertical Lift program remains on track, according to the director of the cross-functional team charged with expediting it.

March 20, 2018 | Daily News

The head of U.S. Strategic Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week he's no longer concerned about the legacy UH-1N Huey fleet's ability to last until replacements are ready because the Air Force upgraded the helicopters over the past year.

February 27, 2018 | Daily News

A half-billion-dollar reduction in aircraft procurement funding in the Army's fiscal year 2019 budget request is "a slight dip in one year," not evidence of a diminished commitment to the branch, according to the director of aviation on the Army staff.

February 27, 2018 | Daily News

A half-billion-dollar reduction in aircraft procurement funding in the Army's fiscal year 2019 budget request is "a slight dip in one year," not evidence of a diminished commitment to the branch, according to the director of aviation on the Army staff.

February 23, 2018 | Daily News

ORLANDO, FL -- Sikorsky is working toward the maiden flight of its HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter as it begins assembling the fleet's first aircraft in anticipation of the start of low-rate production in fiscal year 2019.

February 20, 2018 | Daily News

The Army's fiscal year 2019 budget request includes increased research, development, test and evaluation funding to support the efforts of the cross-functional teams pursuing senior leaders' six modernization priorities.

February 14, 2018 | Daily News

Sikorsky this week filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office in a disagreement over the Air Force's data and software requirements for the UH-1N replacement program.

January 26, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon's independent operational test and evaluation office has warned the Navy its CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter is unlikely to meet the service's goal of declaring initial operational capability in December 2019, becoming the second office to do so.

January 24, 2018 | Daily News

The Army has won the latest round of a long-running legal battle over its attempt to purchase UH-72 Lakota helicopters to modernize its training fleet.

January 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Army has received congressional approval for the final disposition of AH-64 Apaches from the Army National Guard, which will retain four of its eight attack reconnaissance battalions.

January 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Army is preparing to augment its fleet of Lakota training helicopters, issuing a solicitation in advance of a possible sole-source procurement.

December 13, 2017 | Daily News

After a nine-month rotational deployment to Europe demonstrated navigational challenges for Army aviation, the service has moved to find an interim solution.

November 29, 2017 | Daily News

Key lawmakers are pumping the brakes on a potentially precedent-setting Navy proposal to negotiate a multiyear procurement contract that extends over seven years -- tripping up Pentagon plans with Bell-Boeing to consolidate remaining MV-22 Osprey purchases in a single contract beginning in fiscal year 2018.

November 22, 2017 | Daily News

Lawmakers dropped a provision from the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill that would have allowed the defense secretary to let the Air Force issue a sole-source procurement contract instead of continuing an open competition to replace the Bell UH-1N helicopter.

November 17, 2017 | Daily News

Lawmakers dropped a provision from the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill that would have allowed the defense secretary to let the Air Force issue a sole-source procurement contract instead of continuing an open competition to replace the Bell UH-1N helicopter.

November 13, 2017 | Daily News

Army aviation is struggling to balance an array of responsibilities that include waging the current fight, training for the next and upgrading airframes for the future, according to the branch chief.

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