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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.

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.