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HN for Wed., September 27, 2017, Vol. 43, Issue 20.

Boeing, Lockheed Submit Bids For Air Force Huey Replacement

Boeing [BA] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] have announced that they submitted bids for the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N Huey helicopter replacement program.Boeing said late Sept. 13 that its MH-139 is based on Leonardo’s AW139, which is “in service with more than 250 government, military and commercial operators around the world.”Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, said Sept. 14 that its HH-60U,…

L3 Unseated From Huge Army Aviation Support Contract

L3 Technologies [LLL] was beaten out of renewing its largest Army contract the week of Sept. 10, deposed by newcomer M1 Support Services for $387 million worth of training support at Fort Rucker, Ala.The privately held M1, a Denton, Texas-based aviation training and support provider, won the contract on Sept. 15. The deal is a “hybrid contract” that…

Rotor Air Producers Seek Faster Acquisition Cycle, See Increasing Automation

Officials from three top rotary aircraft producers said that the acquisition cycle can and should be made shorter to keep up with technological needs, adding that they see increased automation augmenting capabilities in the future.Steve Mathias, vice president of global military business development at Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] said at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space &…

L3 Protests Loss Of Army Aviation Services And Support Contract

L3 Technologies [LLL] will protest its loss of a major aviation support contract and its ouster as the primary provider of training and support services to the Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala.The company also warned investors that the loss will lead to a substantial hit to earnings when it reports third…