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HN for Wed., May 10, 2017, Vol. 43, Issue 10.

Boeing And Leonardo Show Off MH-139 UH-1N Replacement Offering

PHILADELPHIA--Boeing [BA] and Italy’s Leonardo said May 1 they are confident their MH-139 is the best value to the taxpayer for the UH-1N Huey helicopter replacement program.Boeing revealed in March it will offer the MH-139 helicopter, based on Leonardo’s AW-139. Under the arrangement Boeing is the prime contractor with Leonardo acting as its key subcontractor,…

U.S. Army Special Ops Aviation Boosting Foreign Partners’ Capabilities

NASHVILLE--The U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command is working with existing and new helicopter special forces units throughout the world to boost their capabilities and fortify resources for enhancing local and regional security throughout the world, the commands top officer told the Army Aviation Association of America last week.“One of the things that we are…

FY 2017 Omnibus Bill Adds Dozens Of Aircraft To DoD Request

House and Senate negotiators unveiled a fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill May 1 that includes billions of dollars to buy dozens of fighter jets, helicopters and other aircraft above the Pentagon’s budget request.The main defense section contains $8.2 billion to procure 74 F-35s for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, 11 jets and…

Airbus Contracts With Safran For Support Of U.S. Army Lakota Helicopters

The Safran Group says that its U.S.-based electronics and avionics business has received a five-year subcontract from the Airbus Group to provide contractor logistics services for the U.S. Army’s fleet of UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters.Terms of the subcontract were not disclosed.The Army in December 2016 awarded Airbus Helicopters a five-year contract for the logistics services…

AeroVironment Unveils Palm-Launched Nano-UAS For Dismounted Intel Collection

Aerovironment [AVAV] has unveiled a bird-sized miniature unmanned aerial system (UAS) whose small size allows launching from the palm of a hand and makes it difficult to detect while spying on enemy positions for dismounted troops.The ruggedized UAS, called Snipe Nano Quad, began delivering to the first U.S. government customer in April. The Snipe is…