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160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment SOAR

Will Army Uncancel CH-47F Chinook Upgrade? Sec. Esper & Gen. McConville

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army wants to keep its options open on upgrading its heaviest cargo helicopter. Boeing is worried the window of opportunity — and its factory — will close before the Army makes up its mind.

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Fix It Before It Breaks: SOCOM, JAIC Pioneer Predictive Maintenance AI

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“He said you’ve got tremendous people, you prototype pretty effectively, and you’re absolutely terrible — he had some more colorful words than that — for machine learning,” Gen. Thomas said. “It gave me a spark … and turned me into a zealot.”

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Bell Pushes V-280 Gunship, Shipboard Variants: Recon In Works

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One variant, in Army colors, has missile racks sticking out of what was originally the passenger cabin — a conversion that units could potentially install or remove as needed in the field. The other, with Marine Corps markings, is a sleeker thoroughbred gunship with internal weapons bays, stealth features, and folding wings to fit in shipboard hangars.

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