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CH-53 vs. CH-47: Which Helicopter Will Israel Pick?

Posted by Arie Egozi on


An IDF team has been taking test flights aboard Lockheed Martin’s new CH-53K in Maryland, but Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook is in the running too — and both programs could use a boost against their American critics.

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Congress’ Budget Gridlock Threatens Army Hypersonics

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“As long as we get an appropriation by the beginning of the calendar year, I think we’ll be okay,” the Army’s chief of budget planning said.

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Israeli Election Politics Slowing IAF Acquisitions

Posted by Arie Egozi on


The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ground forces command want an immediate replacement for the CH-53 . “It is natural that operational needs differ, but this is the task of the highest command to evaluate the needs and make a decision,” a senior Israeli defense official said.

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Sikorsky Touts CH-53K’s Ease of Flying For German Sale

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Dan Schultz, Sikorsky president, calls the CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter an “optimally piloted” aircraft that allows ease of flying even in hellish weather conditions.

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House Armed Services Scrutinizes F-35 Costs, ABMS, Army Modernization

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The HASC wants an independent cost estimate on the F-35 and some detail — any detail — on the plan to replace AWACS. It’s also a little curious about robot tanks.

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ATEC Appeals To Hill For Helicopter Engine Dough

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Rebuffed by the Army and GAO in its bid to re-engine aging helicopters, ATEC has gone over their heads to Congress and asked legislators for a second chance.

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Acting SecAF & Roper Likely Head To Paris Show, With F-35A

Posted by Colin Clark on


Amid chatter about what aircraft will make their way to Paris, the Air Force going all in.

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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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Top Appropriator Urges Army To Help Him Pass Their Budget

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Is the Army doing enough to sell Congress on its five-year, $57 billion modernization plan? And does that long-term effort require a long-term leader?

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Army Lumbers Into Future: $33B In 2020-2024 For Big 6, Eventually

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Good news: That’s more money than the Army thought it could get for its top priorities. Bad news: We won’t see most of it this year.

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