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ITEP: GAO Okays Army Picking Riskier Engine – Will Congress?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The full GAO decision undermines one of ATEC’s arguments to overturn the award to rival GE, technical superiority, but it reinforces another: risk.

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ITEP: GE Defends Its Helicopter Engine

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Leaked extracts from an Army review tell only part of the story, a 12-year saga of extensive research, development, and testing, the company argues.

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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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House Dems Block Wall Funds, Slash Sub, But Add F-35s

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The House Dems launch the first salvo in what promises to be a long defense budget saga, and they are drawing lines that will be hard to cross.

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Invisible, Essential: Open Architecture For Army Aircraft

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army will hold five demonstrations this year for the electronic backbone of its future manned aircraft and drones. A forerunner is already entering service.

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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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How Army’s Multi-Domain Overhaul May Impact The National Guard

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


HUNTSVILLE: Modernizing the Army is about much more than equipment. To defeat Russia and China in future multi-domain warfare — or better yet, deter them — the service is contemplating cultural revolutions as ripe for controversy as any multi-billion dollar weapons program. They include allowing junior officers more initiative, ending chronic micromanagement; creating long-term “regimental” affiliations… Keep reading →

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SB>1 Defiant Takes Flight: Can It Catch Bell?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The thing that delayed Defiant, it turns out, is the same thing that makes it really attractive to the Army.

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DARPA, Army Test Optionally Manned Helicopter (It’s Not A.I.)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“We also had a non-pilot with all of 45 minutes of training take the aircraft up and operate for almost an hour,” said Sikorsky’s autonomy director, Igor Cherepinsky.

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

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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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