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State OKs India Apache, Weapons Buy Worth Nearly $1 Billion

The U.S. State Department has cleared the way for India to buy nearly $1 million worth of Boeing [BA] AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and associated weapons, sensors, mission systems and simulators. Under a $930 million direct commercial sales agreement announced June 12, Boeing is approved to sell India six Apaches, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Also […]

Mi-17 helicopters operated by the 2nd Wing of the Afghan National Army Air Force take off at Multinational Base Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, Feb. 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo/Released)

Report: Switching From Russian To U.S. Helicopters Undercuts Afghan Capability

Afghanistan’s military is fielding UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters that lack the lift capacity and flight capabilities of the Russian Mi-17s it currently flies, which are also simpler to fly and maintain than the U.S.-made aircraft, according to a U.S. Defense Department watchdog report. The Defense Department is replacing the Mi-17 with Black Hawks to provide […]

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters carrying distinguished visitors arrive for Army Day 2018, Feb. 9, 2018, Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait. Army Day was the opening event for U.S. Central Command’s Component Commanders Conference that allowed U.S. Army Central to showcase the Army’s capabilities at the theater level. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Ty McNeeley, U.S. ARCENT PAO)

Army Safety Chief: No Link Between Flight Hours, Fatal Mishaps

There is no direct correlation between how much time U.S. Army pilots get in the cockpit and the recent spike in catastrophic non-combat mishaps, according to the service’s safety director. “Our data do not indicate a correlation between the execution of flight hours and mishaps,” Brig. Gen. David Francis, commander of the Army combat readiness […]

AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopter. 
Photo: Bell Helicopter Textron.

House Budgeters Add Millions For Army, Marine Corps Rotorcraft

U.S. Army and Marine Corps rotorcraft procurement received significant funding increases in the fiscal 2019 defense spending bill approved June 13. The $674.6 billion bill was approved 48-to-4 by the House Appropriations Committee, sending the measure to the full House for its consideration. Although the bill provides about $1 billion less than the Trump administration […]

The CH-53K King Stallion arrives at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River on June 30, 2017.  Photo courtesy U.S. Navy. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Senate Suggests Sikorsky CH-53K For Navy Mine Hunting

Lawmakers want the U.S. Navy to consider buying a CH-53K King Stallion variant as a mine-hunting replacement for legacy MH-53E Sea Dragons, according to the U.S. Senate’s version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Within 90 days of the NDAA’s passage, the Navy is asked to submit a report on the “feasibility and impact […]

State OKs India Apache, Weapons Buy Worth Nearly $1 Billion

The U.S. State Department has cleared the way for India to buy nearly $1 million worth of Boeing [BA]  AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and associated weapons, sensors, mission systems and simulators. Under a $930 million direct commercial sales agreement announced June 12, Boeing is approved to sell India six Apaches, according to the Defense Security […]

U.S. Army Gen. Robert B. Abrams, center, Commanding General of U.S. Army Forces Command, leads a panel of discussion about the next generation combat vehicle during the Association of the U.S. Army Global Force Symposium 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama, Mar. 26, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Teddy Wade)

Five Cities Merit Visits From Army Before It Chooses Futures Command HQ

A list of 15 cities that could host a headquarters for the Army’s new Futures Command has been whittled to five, of which two still await visits from an information-gathering team ahead of potential in-person stopovers by the number-two uniformed and civilian service officials. Ten cities – Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New […]

Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) provides a material resupply
for Marines assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 8, based at Marine Corps
Base Camp Lejeune, NC during the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Expeditionary
Hybrid Logistics experiment conducted in conjunction with Integrated
Training Exercise 3-18 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms,
CA, May 14, 2018.

Robotic Rotorcraft Brain Resupplies US Marines During Live Exercise

During a recent exercise in California, Marines at a simulated combat outpost were resupplied by a robotic rotorcraft that could locate, fly to and land at their position without human input. Although a human pilot was in the cockpit of the Bell [TXT] UH-1 Huey, that Marine was not in control of the aircraft as it […]

Artist's rendering of Bell Helicopter's V-247 Group 5 UAV. Photo: Bell Helicopter.

Marines Want Shipboard VTOL Drone For $20 Million A Copy

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Currently the only U.S. military service without a high-end unmanned aircraft, the U.S. Marine Corps is in the market for a high-altitude long-endurance drone that can launch from a ship, perform reconnaissance and relay communication to deployed ground forces for about $20 million per copy. Other missions for what the Marine Corps […]

Boeing Adds $26 Million To Saudi CH-47F Sales Contract

Boeing [BA] has sealed a $26 million deal with Saudi Arabia for eight CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters, adding to the contracts the company has inked with the Royal Saudi Land Forces under a multi-billion-dollar foreign military sales program. On May 25, the U.S. Army awarded Boeing the $26 million contract for eight new-build Chinooks in […]