Tag Archives | CSAR-X

Who’s right: Sole-source to Sikorsky or competition for CVLSP?

The US Air Force is about to make a decision involving a controversial acquisition strategy affecting a domestic versus foreign aircraft competition, but it’s not about the KC-X tanker contract.This one is called the common vertical lift support platform (CVLSP), which will replace the Bell Helicopter UH-1s owned by Global Strike Command.There are five known […]

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VIDEO: Killing time on the live-fire range

In between assignments in Fort Worth and Phoenix, I dropped by the Angel Thunder combat search and rescue exercise yesterday. Although based in Tucson, the exercise is conducted on a grand scale, covering ground from California to Texas.The particular scenario I was allowed to observe occurred on the live ordnance range near Gila Bend, Arizona.  […]

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C-17, F-22 lead FG.com’s FY 2010 survival poll

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: Bring back the C-17! FlightGlobal.com visitors are speaking, and, so far, they want strategic airlifters to survive more than they want tactical fighters, presidential helicopters, combat search and rescue helicopters and the “chrome plated flying laser turd”, as Jon Stewart put it. (Sorry, TSAT. It’s looking bad.)  To cast your […]

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Don’t look now, but CSAR-X is back

The deadline for submitting bids in the third round of the CSAR-X competition passed today in awkward silence. It’s only a $15 billion contract award now entering source selection, yet it was almost ignored.But maybe the silence is understandable. No one is sure if the new administration will allow the US Air Force to award […]

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CSAR-X, round three, begins

The third round of bidding has officially started for the $15 billion, 141-aircraft CSAR-X contract. Strangely, the US Air Force released the amended request for proposals, but didn’t set a date for the contract award. Guess they didn’t want to set a date, only to have it delayed when the next administration reviews the program.The […]

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John Young DWG transcript: EPX, CSAR-X, F-22

John Young is the undersecretary for acquisition technology and logistics, reporting to Secretary of Defense Bob Gates. Last week, Young appeared at the Defense Writer’s Group, a kind of Breakfast Club for journalists that periodically meets with key defense officials. The reporters ask questions between bites on ridiculously over-priced eggs and bacon, while the poor […]

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CSAR: John Young asks “why?”

Pentagon acquisition chief John Young really got on a roll last week. In addition to attacking the costs and reliability of the US Air Force’s prized F-22, Young also questioned the fundamental need for combat search and rescue helicopters. Of course, you might like to think that these kinds of doubts could be sorted out […]

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USAF makes “minor” amendment to CSAR-X RFP, sees “minor” delay for contract award

This just arrived in my Inbox. I have requested further clarification from the US Air Force, but, while we wait, here’s the USAF’s statement. Air Force Plans to Issue Amendment to CSAR-X RFPThe Air Force’s Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Ms. Sue Payton, directed the Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) program staff to issue a minor […]

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CSAR-X intrigues enter last three months, or so we hope

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley has been very clear that he wants a contract awarded for combat search and rescue helicopters by the end of the year. You may recall the CSAR-X acquisition has been in limbo since Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky successfully protested — twice! — the original contract awarded in […]

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Lockheed critiques spark CSAR-X shoot-out

Lockheed Martin started it.The defense contractor teamed with AgustaWestland to offer the US101 for the $11 billion CSAR-X contract award went negative on Thursday, dishing to reporters about the key “weaknesses” facing both of their competitors.The Sikorsky HH-92 proposal is “high-risk”, according to Lockheed, because they’ve decided late in the bidding process to switch to […]

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