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April 02, 2019 | Daily News

Army Secretary Mark Esper is telling the defense industrial base to get on board with the service's modernization goals amid concerns over the service's drastic reallocation of funds from legacy upgrades and other programs to the defined six priorities in its fiscal year 2020 budget.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Army's Future Vertical Lift cross-functional team is nearly ready for the competitive phase of its Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft program after establishing the base requirements for a future rotorcraft through the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy's fiscal year 2020 budget request pegs the service's upcoming training helicopter program with a total procurement cost of at least $1.1 billion for 109 aircraft, according to budget documents.

March 19, 2019 | Daily News

The Army nearly quadruples funding for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft in its fiscal year 2020 request over its FY-19 projection as the service plans to rapidly pull forward development of the light-attack reconnaissance helicopter.

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

In a show of strict commitment to the Army's six modernization priorities, the service is ending the next-generation Block II upgrade program for the Chinook cargo helicopter after fiscal year 2020, according to the service's under secretary.

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Army's $182.3 billion fiscal year 2020 budget request would advance key service priorities through new research and development projects, including funding for contract awards supporting the Next Generation Combat Vehicle program and completion of the initial design phase for a major helicopter replacement program.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Army's $182.3 billion fiscal year 2020 budget request would advance key service priorities through new research and development projects, including funding for contract awards supporting the Next Generation Combat Vehicle program and completion of the initial design phase for a major helicopter replacement program.

February 20, 2019 | Daily News

The Combat Rescue Helicopter program office is aiming for a September 2019 milestone C decision, despite concerns from the Pentagon’s senior weapons tester.

February 19, 2019 | Daily News

Advanced Turbine Engine Co. said today it has filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office against the Army's award to General Electric Aviation for the Improved Turbine Engine Program, intended to replace the engines in the AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

February 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's effort to modernize the Afghan Air Force with UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters may lack trained pilots and maintenance personnel to operate the new aircraft, according to a bi-annual report submitted to Congress.

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top weapons tester is recommending the Combat Rescue Helicopter program office adjust its schedule to allow for flight testing in an "operationally representative configuration."

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

Neither Boeing nor Lockheed Martin will compete to build the Navy's next training helicopter, company spokeswomen told Inside Defense this week following the request for proposals' publication.

January 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy spent $1.4 billion on backup helicopters "it did not need" until fiscal year 2020, and will spend $2 million annually to store those aircraft as a result of requirements offices not informing one another of schedule changes, according to a new government watchdog report.

January 22, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has formally established a $3.8 billion cost estimate for the UH-1N replacement program -- a price tag that is 65 percent higher than the $2.3 billion contract award announced in September when the service picked Boeing to build a fleet of MH-139 utility helicopters.

December 18, 2018 | Daily News

Vendors competing in the Army's Improved Turbine Engine Program expect the service to downselect to one design in early 2019.

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

The first flight of Bell-Sikorsky’s proposed aircraft for the Army's Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator has again been delayed, this time until early 2019, as representatives say it requires more testing.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy has deemed a theoretical "MH-53K King Dragon" helicopter as "not practical," estimating procuring such a platform could cost up to $7.6 billion in 2014 constant-year dollars for 48 aircraft, while developing and testing the aircraft could run $2.6 billion, according to documents viewed by Inside the Navy.

November 08, 2018 | Daily News

Intercontinental ballistic missile bases in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming will receive new MH-139 helicopters from fiscal year 2021 through FY-27, as the Air Force looks for ways to mature the fleet faster.

November 08, 2018 | Daily News

Intercontinental ballistic missile bases in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming will receive new MH-139 helicopters from fiscal year 2021 through FY-27, as the Air Force looks for ways to mature the fleet faster.

November 01, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy is working with Congress to develop a strategy for retiring its legacy mine countermeasures platforms, a challenge requiring more nuance than what current congressional direction allows, according to a Marine Corps general overseeing that strategy.

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