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HN for Wed., June 7, 2017, Vol. 43, Issue 12.

Air Force’s Combat Rescue Helicopter Passes Critical Design Review

The U.S. Air Force’s Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program has successfully completed its critical design review (CDR) for the HH-60W aircraft, paving the way for Lockheed Martin [LMT] unit Sikorsky to begin building and testing the aircraft, the parent company announced May 30.“Conducting the air vehicle CDR demonstrates this helicopter system is well on its way to meeting the…

German Manufacturing Company To Supply Parts For Boeing CH-47 Helicopters

Boeing [BA] announced on June 1 a five-year contract with German-based manufacturing company COTESA to supply components for its fleet of CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.The contract, the first Boeing has completed with COTESA, calls for the German aerospace and automotive composite components supplier to manufacture parts needed for the external portion of the Chinook helicopter’s tunnel cover section.“The…

Sen. McCain Urges Air Force To Disclose More Details About B-21 Bomber

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee urged Air Force leaders June 6 to be more transparent about the secretive B-21 Raider bomber program, citing the need for lawmakers and the public to stay abreast of the major acquisition effort.The “B-21 will provide a much-needed modernization of our aging bomber force,” Sen. John McCain…

U.S. And Japan Naval Forces Complete Exercises In The South China Sea

The U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces (JMSDF) completed a passing exercise (PASSEX) in the South China Sea on May 18, the Navy said on May 19.A PASSEX includes personnel exchanges, cross-deck flight operations, communications exercised, division tactics, a tracking exercise, and photo exercise. The event aims to enhance interoperability between the forces…

Air Force Budget Boosts B-21 Bomber, Long Range Standoff Weapon

The Air Force’s fiscal year 2018 budget request contains billions of dollars to ramp up development work on several major new aviation and missile programs, including the B-21 bomber and the Long Range Standoff Weapon (LRSO).The B-21 Raider, which will replace aging bombers, would receive $2 billion in FY 2018, up from $1.3 billion in 2017, according…

Army’s FY ’18 Budget Request Continues To Put Readiness Before Modernization

The modest funding increase the Army is requesting in fiscal 2018 will maintain the current force and ensure those soldiers are trained and equipped for ongoing and near-term conflicts, leaving little left to spend on modernization.At a $137 billion base funding request with $29 billion in overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding, the total $166 billion…