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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.

October 01, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army's Apache Block III remanufactured and new-build programs have been cleared to enter into low-rate initial production, with LRIP contracts for remanufactured aircraft expected in the coming weeks, according to a service official.

October 01, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The advent of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System and other improved capabilities on the UH-1Y utility helicopter have lessened the need for its sister platform, the AH-1Z attack helo, and has prompted the Navy to cut 37 AH-1Z aircraft in favor of UH-1Ys, according to the Marine Corps.
September 30, 2010 | Daily News

The Navy has decided to cut the number of AH-1Z attack helicopters it plans to buy from 226 to 189 and increase the procurement of UH-1Y utility helos from 123 to 160 on the grounds that the UH-1Ys can do a lot of the work the AH-1Zs are doing, according to the Marine Corps and Naval Air Systems Command.

The Navy originally planned to buy 123 UH-1Y and 226 AH-1Z airframes to support a Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) of 18 attack and nine utility helicopters. However, a NAVAIR spokeswoman said the Navy has decided to cut 37 AH-1Zs and replace them with UH-1Ys.

September 29, 2010 | Daily News

The Navy's newest attack helicopter, the AH-1Z Cobra, successfully completed its operational evaluation, a major step on the way toward initial operational capability and full-rate production, Naval Air Systems Command announced today.

The Navy's Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force officially notified NAVAIR's H-1 upgrades program office on Sept. 24 that the helicopters were found to be “operationally effective and suitable,” and have been recommended for introduction into the fleet, according to the statement.

September 27, 2010 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee wants to terminate the most advanced variant of the Air Force's Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system and has slashed $1.2 billion from previously appropriated modernization programs, some of which have not adhered to full-funding financial regulations, according to previously unreported details of the panel's new military spending proposal.

September 23, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A small technology company specializing in rotary-wing concepts claims a Marine Corps one-star general attempted to improperly quash its proposal for a cargo-carrying air trailer, according to a complaint the company filed this week with the Defense Department inspector general's office.

September 23, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Air Force Special Operations Command is poised to finalize the Accident Investigation Board report on the April 8 fatal CV-22 Osprey crash in Afghanistan, paving the way for officials to brief the next of kin.

September 17, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Defense Department plans to significantly transform its vertical-lift aircraft fleet over the next 40 years, eying joint common multirole classes of aircraft as part of its strategy for next-generation rotorcraft development.

September 17, 2010 | Inside the Army

A Senate defense panel has voted to bolster Army aircraft procurement by more than $200 million in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2011 budget request, with significant funds slated for Black Hawk and Chinook buys.

September 17, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy's plan to move forward with the purchase of 21 Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters will not affect Sikorsky's protest against the contract award, according to a company spokesman.
September 16, 2010 | Daily News

A powerful Senate defense spending panel has zeroed funding for the Air Force's effort to replace its aging HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search-and-rescue helicopters, citing concerns that the service's current recapitalization plan could yield the same result as a prior attempt, which was terminated by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

September 14, 2010 | Daily News

Despite trimming $8 billion from the Obama administration's fiscal year 2011 defense spending request, the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee plans on fully funding many of the Army's ground and aerial vehicle platforms and providing additional funding to some programs, according to statement issued today by the subcommittee.

The subcommittee met this morning to consider the administration's FY-11 request. The full Senate Appropriations Committee will meet Thursday afternoon to consider the subcommittee's bill.

September 10, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has notified Congress that it intends to spend $380.7 million on 21 Russian-built Mi-17 multipurpose transport helicopters for the Afghan military, nearly doubling its fleet, according to an Aug. 11 report by Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley.
September 10, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is still undergoing an analysis of alternatives for the VXX presidential helicopter program with no request for proposals expected in the near future, and the service is still trying to determine what it will do with the Lockheed Martin-built VH-71s left over from the previous canceled program, according to Navy and industry sources.
September 10, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has notified Congress that it plans to award a $1.43 billion contract to H-60 manufacturers Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin to provide performance-based logistics support over the next five years for the sea service's fleet of H-60 helicopters, according to a report submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee last month.
September 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has begun the second phase of an analysis of alternatives to the Armed Aerial Scout helicopter effort following a decision to proceed with a manned-unmanned capability requirement, according to service officials.

September 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The prioritization of deployed V-22s in Afghanistan has improved availability rates to the point that it is generally near around 70 percent, but resulting low availability for non-deployed V-22s brings the entire fleet down into the 50th percentile range, according to Col. Greg Masiello, V-22 program manager.
September 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren is asking industry for information about towing sensor arrays via helicopter.

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