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May 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon says the recent spate of aviation crashes being investigated by the military service branches is "not a crisis" that requires a department-wide review, despite rumblings from Capitol Hill that a more holistic investigation is necessary.

April 27, 2018 | Daily News

The Army's Future Vertical Lift program has drawn lawmakers' attention as an immediate aid to providing aviation overmatch and a solution to combating "more dangerous" mid-term threats.

April 27, 2018 | Daily News

NASHVILLE, TN -- The two companies vying to replace the engine in the Army's AH-64 and H-60 aircraft are awaiting direction from the service to proceed to the next phase of the competition.

April 27, 2018 | Daily News

NASHVILLE, TN -- The Army's new project manager for Future Vertical Lift anticipates greater engagement with industry as the program progresses "as an industry-government partnership."

April 26, 2018 | Daily News

NASHVILLE, TN -- The Army’s existing aircraft are "the best in the world," but technological advances and a more complex future operational environment necessitate drastic changes, according to the service’s vice chief of staff.

April 18, 2018 | Daily News

Industry has begun staking out places in the Navy's helicopter trainer replacement program with two companies publicly announcing their offerings last week at the Sea-Air-Space symposium in National Harbor, MD.

April 09, 2018 | Daily News

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- Funding instability has led to a slight schedule slip in requirements development for the first Future Vertical Lift aircraft, but the Army aims to regain ground where possible, according to the TRADOC capability manager for FVL.

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

The estimated cost for the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio grew by $177 billion, or more than 10 percent, over the last year, swelling from $1.7 trillion to $1.9 trillion.

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.

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