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HN for Wed., June 21, 2017, Vol. 43, Issue 13.

Lawmakers Could OK Block Buys For V-22, F-35 Parts

The House Armed Services subcommittee on tactical air and land forces wants to authorize the Pentagon to buy aircraft and spare parts in bulk to save money on future purchases of both the V-22 Osprey and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.In its draft mark of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the subcommittee provides authorization for the secretary…

US Army And FMS AH-64Es To Receive ViaSat Small Tactical Terminals

Boeing has awarded ViaSat a multi-year contract for two-channel small tactical terminals (STT) for the AH-64E Apache Guardian, ViaSat said. Production of the KOR-24A Link 16 terminal would be designated for the U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales. The base contract covers a minimum of 534 terminals to be produced over the next four years.…

Air Force Adds Requirement For UH-1N Helicopter Replacement

The U.S. Air Force has told bidders for the UH-1N Huey utility helicopter replacement program to include Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) technology in their proposals to enhance safety and navigation efficiency, the service said June 15.The Air Force said in a statement that it added ADS-B Out to the program’s requirements because the…

Airbus Begins Flight Testing Its VSR700 Optionally Piloted UAV

Airbus has begun autonomous flight tests of its VSR700 Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) demonstrator, setting up the possibility of flying the first completed prototype in 2018.The recent flight tests used a safety pilot to focus on refining the Airbus aircraft’s automatic flight control system used on their OPV’s, with the end goal of testing out…

Spirit To Begin Major Assembly Of Fifth CH-53K In September

Spirit AeroSystems [SPR] announced on June 19 it will begin major assembly of the fifth CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter to be used by the U.S. Marine Corps in September.Spirit will assemble the cockpit and cabin structures for the CH-53K helicopter and deliver the completed fuselage to Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky aircraft manufacturer. Spirit will receive…

Safran To Produce Helicopter Engines For Royal Thai Armed Forces

Safran Helicopter Engines announced on June 20 a new Memorandum of Understanding deal with Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) to partner in supporting the aircraft needs of the Royal Thai Armed Forces.The French aircraft engine manufacturer will work with TAI to provide helicopter engine line maintenance, depot repair, inventory management and technical support for the Thai…