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December 17, 2010 | Daily News

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with more information from the accident report.

The April 9 CV-22 Osprey crash in Afghanistan was due partly to mistakes by the crew, but engine trouble contributed to the mishap, too, according to a report released Thursday night by Air Force Special Operations Command.

December 16, 2010 | Daily News

The Air Force is considering a long-discussed merge of its two major helicopter acquisition programs into a single effort in hopes of being able to save money on the purchase of more than 200 choppers in a time of flattening or even shrinking Pentagon budgets over the next decade, according to service documents.

December 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

intelligence officials are moving closer to fielding a suite of technologies
that would enable soldiers watching over Afghanistan's main traffic artery to
pass information about roadside bombs and other threats through a high-speed
wireless network, according to a service official.

December 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Kiowa
Warrior program office is determining a path forward for extending the life of
the helicopter fleet as it awaits an Army decision on the future of Armed
Aerial Scout, according to a service official.

December 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has
awarded a contract to Bell Helicopter for the production of Kiowa Warrior
replacement aircraft lost in battle, with plans to procure additional stockpile
aircraft as the service anticipates future losses.

December 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Pentagon's senior acquisition official approved the AH-1Z attack helicopter for full-rate production and delegated oversight of the program to Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley late last month, a sign that the Defense Department feels the program is maturing, according to an acquisition decision memorandum reviewed by Inside the Navy.
December 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army does
not foresee significant changes in future aviation force structure following
results of a capability portfolio review, according to a senior service

December 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has
fully established its prototype combat aviation brigade task force in an effort
to ease the acquisition workload of brigade commanders, allowing them to focus
more on training, according to a senior service official.

November 24, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy could release a final request for proposals for the next-generation helicopter missile warning system as early as this week, the program manager told Inside the Navy recently.
November 08, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Department today announced a possible $5 billion sale to the United Arab Emirates that would modernize and double the size of the UAE Apache helicopter fleet, a deal that would translate into new work for Boeing's operations in Mesa, AZ, and Lockheed Martin's unit in Orlando, FL.

On Nov. 3, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the potential deal to the UAE for 30 AH-64D Block II lot 10 Apache helicopters remanufactured to the Block III configuration, as well as 30 new-build Block III variants, according to a statement published today.

November 05, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The H-1 rotor cuff system's structural limitations have led to some situational awareness problems during combat maneuvering due to the fact that one of the aircraft's two pilots has to constantly monitor the aircraft's g-forces meter, according to a Sept. 30 report on the AH-1Z attack helicopter operational evaluation submitted to Congress.
November 05, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy announced recently it intends to issue a contract to Bell-Boeing for expanding the flight envelope and speed limit for the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft by 2013.
November 05, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is conducting a technology demonstration of the Improved Turbine Engine Program, with the aim of replacing the engines of its Apache and Black Hawk helicopter fleets, according to a service official.

October 29, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has announced plans to replace Kiowa Warrior helicopters lost in battle as the service awaits the results of an analysis of alternatives on the Armed Aerial Scout initiative, according to Army officials.

October 25, 2010 | Daily News

The Army has awarded a low-rate initial production contract for its Apache Block III remanufacture program following a September milestone C decision, according to a service official.

“We awarded the low-rate initial production contract -- after we received the acquisition decision memorandum for the LRIP contract -- on the 22nd of October,” said Col. Shane Openshaw, Apache project manager, in a media roundtable today at the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington.

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Last week's announcement of a nearly $60 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia is the first "of a larger arms package," according to a source familiar with Saudi-U.S. military programs, with huge naval sales to the kingdom likely to take place in the next two to five years.
October 15, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy plans to take the next step toward powering its aviation fleet with biofuels by flying an SH-60 helicopter on a 50/50 mix of biofuel and fossil fuel early next year, officials say.
October 15, 2010 | Inside the Army

An acquisition decision memorandum granting the Army authority to issue low-rate initial production contracts for its Apache Block III remanufacture and new-build programs has been approved, according to a service official.

October 08, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Feedback from the UH-1Y utility helicopter's performance in Afghanistan and the strong performance of the AH-1Z attack helo during its operational evaluation are what prompted the Marine Corps to decide to buy fewer Cobras in favor of 37 more Hueys, Marine aviation officials told Inside the Navy last week.
October 07, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A dangerous design flaw in the V-22 Osprey that loosens tiny parts and lets them get sucked into engines caused a serious mishap in March 2009 and could strike again despite preventative maintenance, an Air Force investigation warns.