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September 10, 2019

Once marred by technical deficiencies that led to a schedule adjustment, the Air Force's multibillion-dollar Combat Rescue Helicopter program is on track for a decision to approve low-rate initial production during a meeting at the end of the month.

September 10, 2019

A Senate panel today marked up its version of the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill in accordance with a bipartisan budget deal, appropriating $622 billion in base spending, $70.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations and $1.7 billion in emergency funding.

September 9, 2019

Replicating platforms accurately in simulations remains one of the biggest challenges for the Army, according to a service official.

August 16, 2019

The Navy has informed House appropriators of a recent cost increase for the Marine Corps' delayed new heavy-lift helicopter.

August 2, 2019

If Congress does not approve a reprogramming request sent by the Army, the service's aviation training could suffer, according to an official.

August 2, 2019

Congressional defense committees recently approved the second half of a reprogramming request for the Marine Corps' new heavy-lift helicopter program.

July 24, 2019

With the Navy's final order for multimission MH-60R helicopters recently placed, Lockheed Martin now expects orders from foreign customers for the anti-surface and submarine-hunting aircraft to keep the production line going for at least another two years, according to a company official.

July 19, 2019

The Army Requirements Oversight Council this month approved a draft, "abbreviated" capabilities development document for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, advancing the service's No. 2 priority of the Future Vertical Lift effort.

July 17, 2019

The Navy intends to award a contract in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020 for the ground-based training system (GBTS) associated with its new training helicopter, the TH-XX, according to industry day slides.

July 15, 2019

The Army Aviation Center of Excellence will soon begin integrating virtual reality to help train its pilots.

July 1, 2019

The Marine Corps is working to get its delayed heavy-lift helicopter back on schedule after reformatting the program to address a host of technical deficiencies.

June 21, 2019

Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters this week the service is in "very firm talks" with the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates to purchase additional Boeing-made CH-47F Block II aircraft.

June 18, 2019

The Army is considering multiple courses of action to accelerate the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft through the use of acquisition reform authorities, according to an Army spokeswoman.

June 17, 2019

BOGUE, NC -- The Marine Corps recently took a crucial step aimed at readying the service to execute larger air assaults in potential future military operations.

June 17, 2019

BOGUE, NC -- The Marine Corps recently took a crucial step aimed at readying the service to execute larger air assaults in potential future military operations.

June 12, 2019

Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform national security subcommittee are expressing concern about the number of U.S.-trained Afghan soldiers who go absent without official leave, as described in recent reports by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko.

June 10, 2019

The House Armed Services Committee is looking to restore $28 million in funding for the advanced procurement of the Chinook block II in its chairman's mark of the fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill.

June 5, 2019

The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee is seeking to restrict funding for the Marine Corps' new heavy-lift helicopter program until the Navy briefs the full committee.

June 5, 2019

The Army is scheduled to begin operational testing next month on a new infrared system that would protect aircraft from incoming missiles.

May 22, 2019

House authorizers are considering the option to cut the Chinook Block II upgrade program gradually, instead of canceling it after fiscal year 2020 as the Army has proposed, according to a key lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee.