Tuesday, April 26, 2011
USAF Launches Helo Replacement Bids
The U.S. Air Force announced Monday plans to hold open competitions for the Common Vertical Lift Support Platform (CVLSP) and HH-60 recapitalization programs. The separate competitions will seek to replace aging fleets with “a derivative of helicopter already in production,” according to Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart. USAF is seeking a fleet of 93 helicopters to replace the current Bell UH-1N fleet, with an RFP due out this fall. IOC is scheduled for 2015. For the HH-60 recapitalization program, an RFP is expected in 2012 to replace the existing fleet of Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawks. A number of the major manufacturers, including AgustaWestland, Bell, Boeing, EADS North America/Eurocopter and Sikorsky have expressed interest in the competitions, according to reports.