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HN for Wed., April 26, 2017, Vol. 43, Issue 9.

Air Force Releases Second Draft RFP For UH-1N Replacement

The Air Force, as promised, released its second draft request for proposal (RFP) for its UH-1N replacement program on April 20.Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Emily Grabowski said in statement that the service remained committed to having its final RFP out this summer and a contract award in fiscal year 2018. The service still plans to…

Airbus And IAR Sign Agreement For Cooperation On Romanian H215M

Airbus and majority Romania’s IAR Brasov signed an agreement for exclusive cooperation on Romanian H215M multi-role helicopters, Airbus said April 13.Under the general agreement, IAR will become the prime contractor for any Airbus-produced H215M helicopters that the Romania Minister of Defense may order to replace their maturing fleet.Airbus inaugurated its Airbus Helicopters Industries factory in…

Singapore Starts Upgrading AH-64D Apache Fleet

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is beginning to upgrade its AH-64D Apache fleet with new electronic warfare and communications systems, the Singapore Ministry of Defence said April 20.The upgrade program includes equipping the Apaches with a Helicopter Integrated Electronic Warfare System (HIEWS) for enhanced survivability and satellite communications (SATCOM) for improved communications.Singapore “has…

Air Force Blames MQ-9A Reaper Crash On Pilot Error

Investigators concluded that pilot error caused an Air Force MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aircraft to crash at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan in 2016, the service announced April 13.According to Air Combat Command, the Reaper, built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., was returning from a combat support mission on Feb. 20, 2016; and went down while…

Navy Finishes Key Tests Of Fire Scout, MQ-25 UAVs

The Navy announced the week of April 10 that it has completed key tests of two unmanned aerial vehicles: the new MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter and the future MQ-25 Stingray aerial refueler.Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said April 11 that the MQ-8C finished its first test period aboard a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the USS…