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March 5, 2014
In a seemingly surprise reversal of policy, U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced on March 4 that the Air Force would "realign about $430 million" from other projects in its defense budgets to help pay for the new Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), the replacement for the existing HH-60G Pave Hawks, between 2014 and 2020. James said that the decision “protects a good competitive...
March 1, 2014
The retirement of Maj. Gen. William ‘Tim’ Crosby means that we will no longer be treated to his folksy, home-spun tales that immediately got the attention of his audience and often warmed them to his words. As a larger-than-life character he replaced the dapper civilian, Paul Bogosian, in December 2008. Crosby took up the job when defense still had plenty of money in the pot due to the...
March 1, 2014
Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby stepped down as Program Executive Officer for Aviation on Friday, Jan. 27, handing over the role he has held since 2008 to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. Crosby also retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years of service. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, presided over both ceremonies, making reference to...
February 11, 2014
Source: Aurora Flight Sciences Aurora’s innovative VTOL X-Plane, known as LightningStrike, is designed for efficient hover and high speed, meeting the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s goals for performance and useful load...
February 1, 2014
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued a $549.9-million modification for years four and five of an existing contract with Sikorsky Aircraft involving...
January 29, 2014
Much to its relief, and not after a small amount of hard lobbying, the U.S. Congress has decided to fund the acquisition of 20 UH-72A Lakotas from Airbus Helicopters. Last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) made a budgetary decision to cancel the 21 of the 31 Lakotas remaining from a long-running acquisition program that had seen 290 aircraft delivered by Airbus...
January 28, 2014
Boeing Vertical Lift delivered 15 percent more helicopters in 2013 than in the previous year,” said Leanne Caret, vice president and general manager, at a media gathering following the annual AUSA Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition in Washington, DC. Pat Donnelly, JMR program director, said 50 Boeing employees were now based with Sikorsky in Connecticut and that the team was bonding as the JMR...
January 28, 2014
Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby stepped down as Program Executive Officer for Aviation on Friday, Jan. 27, handing over the role he has held since 2008 to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. Crosby also retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years of service. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, presided over both ceremonies, making reference to...
January 17, 2014
The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, has received a $26.6-million cost-plus-fixed-fee for on-site flight test management, engineering...
January 15, 2014
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued a $549.9-million modification for years four and five of an existing contract with Sikorsky Aircraft involving...
January 15, 2014
AUSA Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition, Arlington, Va. — Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commanding general of U.S. Army Aviation, revealed on Tuesday the full extent of his command’s plans to hit the budget crisis head-on. Speaking on the first day of the Army Aviation Symposium in Washington, D.C., he said that Army Aviation would retire its fleet of Bell OH-58 reconnaissance helicopters...
January 10, 2014
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued an $18.5-million contract to procure six additional months of...
December 26, 2013
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has granted a $105.3-million contract to Sikorsky Aircraft for modifications on eight...
December 26, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has issued an $11.2-million extension to Bell Helicopter as part of the H-1 upgrade effort for the U.S. Marine...
December 20, 2013
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued an $18.5-million contract to Hurst, Texas-based Bell Helicopter Textron to supply contractor logistics...
December 18, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has delivered the first batch of four S-70i helicopters to the Brunei Ministry of Defense, including two during the recent Bridex Exhibition and Conference in Jerudong. The...
December 18, 2013
Rolls-Royce has agreed to support the AE 1107C engines for the Bell-Boeing V-22 fleet operated by the U.S. Marine...
December 11, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has granted a $33-million contract to the Bell-Boeing Joint Project in Amarillo, Texas. The agreement covers engineering and technical support for...
December 4, 2013
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has granted a $46.9-million agreement to Sikorsky Aircraft to convert 26 UH-60M Black Hawks...
December 1, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) has moved a major step forward with the first run of the competing engines now complete. ITEP was created to find replacement engines for the General Electric T-700s that power the Boeing AH-64 Apache and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. The new engines will provide power in the 3,000 SHP range compared to the 2,000 SHP range of the T-700 they will...
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