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HN for Wed., July 19, 2017, Vol. 43, Issue 16.

Army Seeks To Boost Black Hawk Buy By More Than 100 Choppers

The Army wants to add another 114 Black Hawk utility helicopters to a five-year, $3.8 billion multi-year deal it signed with Sikorsky in July.In a solicitation published July 19 on the government’s contracting website, the Army said it is studying the “feasibility” of a competitive acquisition of up to 114 UH/HH-60M Black Hawks over three…

Boeing Brings Block II Configuration To Chinook Under $276M Contract

Boeing [BA] brought home a $276 million contract to equip three CH-47 helicopters with power and lift upgrades the Army eventually plans for all of its F-model Chinooks.Under the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract announced July 27, Boeing will remanufacture three Army CH-47Fs with Block II upgrades.Block II was designed to achieve specific performance enhancement…

Open Architecture Will Make Or Break ‘Backbone’ Of Future Vertical Lift

Once the Army lands on a design for its next-generation helicopter, it is more important to establish coherent open architecture standards than to decide what weapons and avionics systems the aircraft will carry, according to a panel of military and industry officials involved in the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program“The focus right now is making…

Sikorsky To Refurbish 10 Black Hawks For Australian Fire Relief Efforts

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Sikorsky aircraft manufacturer will help bring in ten Black Hawks to Australia for fire relief efforts with a $50.3 million deal program to refurbish ex-U.S. military UH-60 helicopters.The deal with Kaan Air Australia and StarFlight Australia, announced July 27, will see ten helicopters brought to a refurbishment center in Brisbane, where the…

Army Picks Up Second-Year Option For UH-72A Virtual Maintenance Training Program

The Army has picked up the second-year option on a contract with DiSTI Corporation to continue supporting virtual maintenance training (VMT) simulators for the UH-72A Lakota helicopter.The option was picked up after successful completion of the initial $4.4 million deal in which DiSTI delivered twelve workstations to train forces on how to perform maintenance tasks…