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July 16, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force will delay the contract award in the UH-1N Huey replacement program for at least a year if Congress doesn't authorize an $83.4 million infusion to keep the effort on track, according to a copy of the Defense Department's June omnibus reprogramming request obtained by Inside Defense this week.

June 13, 2018 | Daily News

The Army is trying to take a more proactive approach to aviation safety through training, rather than simply reacting to mishaps, according to a service official.

June 13, 2018 | Daily News

Senate authorizers want the Navy to explore creating a derivative of the Marine Corps' new heavy-lift helicopter to provide capabilities lost when the Navy's MH-53E Sea Dragons retire, according to the report accompanying the committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill.

June 01, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy is not ruling out placing MH-60R Seahawk helicopters on the future frigate, according to a Navy spokeswoman.

May 31, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon's independent cost estimate office projects the Air Force's Combat Rescue Helicopter will cost up to $9.2 billion, 3 percent more than the service's cost position of $8.9 billion, according to a recent Defense Department report on the military's 30-year aviation outlook.

May 30, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is delaying its contract award for the UH-1N Huey replacement program until the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, after previously planning to select a new helicopter by early summer.

May 24, 2018 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office this week denied parts of Sikorsky's challenge to how the Air Force handles data rights in the UH-1N Huey replacement program, and dismissed other points because they were raised too early or late in the competition.

May 21, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy is seeking information from industry to support an externally mounted gun system demonstration on an MH-60S aircraft, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

May 14, 2018 | Daily News

As new aircraft come online like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, CH-53K King Stallion and a slew of unmanned aerial systems, the Marine Corps is revising its maintenance qualification standards to make the transition easier for mechanics and other personnel.

May 09, 2018 | Daily News

NASHVILLE, TN -- The Army is weighing the possibility of boosting CH-47 Chinook force structure to support the requirements of the 101st Airborne Division.

May 08, 2018 | Daily News

NASHVILLE, TN -- The Defense Department's funding boost in fiscal year 2018 has provided "tremendous help" to Army aviation, enabling the service to accelerate its modernization plans, according to an official.

May 04, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's two ongoing helicopter acquisitions are having trouble finding skilled workers to staff those programs as they ramp up, according to the Government Accountability Office's annual analysis of major weapon systems.

May 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon says the recent spate of aviation crashes being investigated by the military service branches is "not a crisis" that requires a department-wide review, despite rumblings from Capitol Hill that a more holistic investigation is necessary.

April 27, 2018 | Daily News

The Army's Future Vertical Lift program has drawn lawmakers' attention as an immediate aid to providing aviation overmatch and a solution to combating "more dangerous" mid-term threats.

April 27, 2018 | Daily News

NASHVILLE, TN -- The two companies vying to replace the engine in the Army's AH-64 and H-60 aircraft are awaiting direction from the service to proceed to the next phase of the competition.

April 27, 2018 | Daily News

NASHVILLE, TN -- The Army's new project manager for Future Vertical Lift anticipates greater engagement with industry as the program progresses "as an industry-government partnership."

April 26, 2018 | Daily News

NASHVILLE, TN -- The Army’s existing aircraft are "the best in the world," but technological advances and a more complex future operational environment necessitate drastic changes, according to the service’s vice chief of staff.

April 18, 2018 | Daily News

Industry has begun staking out places in the Navy's helicopter trainer replacement program with two companies publicly announcing their offerings last week at the Sea-Air-Space symposium in National Harbor, MD.

April 09, 2018 | Daily News

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- Funding instability has led to a slight schedule slip in requirements development for the first Future Vertical Lift aircraft, but the Army aims to regain ground where possible, according to the TRADOC capability manager for FVL.

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

The estimated cost for the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio grew by $177 billion, or more than 10 percent, over the last year, swelling from $1.7 trillion to $1.9 trillion.