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March 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is sticking with its plans to develop a new
helicopter for attack, utility and reconnaissance missions as officials survey
the kinds of leap-ahead technologies they hope would enable fielding of the
aircraft between 2025 and 2030, according to a senior Army aviation official.

March 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

Following release of the Army's strategy for tactical wheeled
vehicles, the service has begun crafting similar guidance documents for the
aviation and combat vehicle portfolios, officials said.

March 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy is planning to launch the technology development phase of the VXX presidential helicopter program later this year, but it remains to be decided when the results of the program's analysis of alternatives will be unveiled, according to Navy acquisition executive Sean Stackley.

February 25, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has placed a price tag of about $400 million on an aircraft life management plan to keep legacy VH-60 and VH-3 presidential helicopters flying until the follow-on undefined VXX program replaces them, according to fiscal year 2012 budget justification documents.
February 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is
eying two more follow-on production lots for the Arrowhead system, a modernized
sensor for the service's fleet of AH-64-D Apache helicopters.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy heavily boosted Fire Scout buys, added seven P-8As to the future years defense plan and made the expected additions and subtractions to its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet procurement and Joint Strike Fighter buys, according to the president's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal rolled out today.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Army today asked Congress for a fiscal year 2012 base budget of $145 billion, plus $71 billion for war costs, seeking a significant plus-up for aviation programs and requesting $884 million to develop the Ground Combat Vehicle.

February 07, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department is asking Congress for permission to sell a decade's worth of maintenance services to Australia to sustain 24 MH-60R helicopters, a deal that could be worth up to $1.6 billion.

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

A Training
and Doctrine Command official last week dampened expectations that the Army
could somehow turn Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters into "optionally piloted"
aircraft for carrying cargo, an idea eyed by the service as part of an ongoing

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD -- As the Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement tests developing technologies on its newly acquired "T-Rex" H-1 test platform, another prototyping organization is making its home here.
February 02, 2011 | Daily News

Navy and Marine Corps efforts to plow savings from efficiencies into investment accounts will permit the purchase of additional aircraft and eliminate the services' strike fighter shortfall, add $400 million to accelerate by three years the procurement of the Marine Personnel Carrier and a nearly $500 million boost to radio and small arms accounts, according to Navy Under Secretary Robert Work.

January 28, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will pay Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft $1.18 billion over the next four years to maintain 403 H-60 helicopters until January 2015, extending a performance-based logistics contract that has been in place since 2001, according to a report Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley sent to the Senate Armed Services Committee last month.
January 14, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Despite the successful deployments of Marine Corps V-22 tiltrotor squadrons in Iraq and Afghanistan, the program is still demonstrating operational weaknesses in several areas it needs to address, according to the Defense Department's annual operational test and evaluation report.
January 14, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is
addressing how a continuing resolution passed by Congress to keep the
government running will affect its aviation programs, and has requested
exceptions from Congress as it operates under constrained funding, according to
several service officials.

January 14, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army
anticipates a need to cut its demand for personnel for aviation logistical
support as the service faces potential manpower shortages and in-theater
resupply challenges, according to a service official.

January 12, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon is expected to cancel the Class 1 Unmanned Aerial System and two varieties of unmanned ground sensors from the Army's Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team, according to sources and documents obtained by Inside the Army.

Boeing, the prime contractor for E-IBCT, was issued a stop-work order on the Class 1 UAS and UGS on Jan. 6, according to a letter sent to the company.

December 23, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army's
OH-58F Kiowa Warrior helicopter has been approved for the start of engineering
and manufacturing development, the service said last week.

December 23, 2010 | Inside the Navy
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD -- The Marine Corps' decision to cut 37 AH-1Z attack helicopter airframes in favor of 37 more UH-1Y utility helos could either help the Marines get the attack variant faster or boost foreign military sales of H-1s, the program manager said here earlier this month.
December 22, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

When an Air Force CV-22 Osprey loaded with troops crashed in Afghanistan eight months ago it lacked a required cockpit voice recorder that could have helped investigators conclusively prove the cause of the disaster.

December 22, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A CV-22 Osprey crash in Afghanistan earlier this year has underscored the importance of recovering flight data recorders from downed aircraft and using the proper protection when approaching burning wreckage made of composite materials, according to retired Brig. Gen. Donald Harvel, who led the accident investigation.