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August 20, 2010 | Inside the Army

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $260 million follow-on production contract for the Arrowhead system, a modernized sensor for the Army's fleet of AH-64D Apache helicopters.

August 20, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps' response to apocalyptic flooding in Pakistan is not putting a strain on other operations in the region yet, but the number of helicopters being used in the relief operation is eventually going to boost the service's reset bill down the road, according to the director of operations at Marine Corps headquarters.
August 18, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Department has adjusted its $1.6 trillion portfolio of major weapon systems being developed and acquired, formally ushering in 11 new programs and completing paperwork on four major efforts whose procurement runs are complete or nearly finished.

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The all-quadrant belly-mounted gun system deployed to Afghanistan with the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor has seen limited use in theater due to the sacrifices in space commanders have to make to use them, so the Marines are developing a more integrated system that wouldn't make them choose between the two, officials told Inside the Navy recently.
August 13, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement could acquire another test bed, possibly an H-60, if the current UH-1N helicopter can't handle all the incoming projects, Brad Schieferdecker, NACRA associate director for technology development, told Inside the Navy recently.
August 06, 2010 | Inside the Navy
While the Marine Corps is not looking to expand beyond the one squadron of nine UH-1Y utility helicopters it operates in Afghanistan, the possibility of more has been discussed, Marine Lt. Gen. George Trautman, deputy commandant of aviation, told Inside the Navy recently.
July 30, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps will retire the CH-53D medium-lift helicopter at least two years earlier than planned due to the age of the aircraft and the savings that could come from not having to sustain it as the V-22 Osprey replaces it later this decade, Lt. Gen. George Trautman, deputy commandant for aviation, said last week.
July 14, 2010 | Daily News

Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin have inked a deal to compete for the Air Force's HH-60 Recapitalization program, a move that company officials say could help put desperately needed combat search-and-rescue helicopters on the ramp before 2015.