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CBS News sparks VH-71 feeding frenzy

The Pentagon first disclosed a roughly 65% cost overrun for the VH-71 program nearly a year ago, and officially notified Congress of the Nunn-McCurdy breach last month.So why was it such a big news story today?Thank CBS Evening News. It’s story last night seemed to open a floodgate of reporting today.Here’s the current program status: […]

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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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Sikorsky/Schweizer on ARH: We’re in

Sikorsky has confirmed they will respond to a US army “sources sought” notice for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter re-competition. “Yes, we will be presenting both short- and long-term solutions,” a Sikorsky spokesman says. I didn’t even have to ask a follow up! “To your next question, I must decline to elaborate on those solutions,” he […]

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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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Sikorsky X2′s potential future as a military helicopter

The future is already here  — at least in video form. I used my cell phone camera to copy  video on display at Sikorsky’s exhibit booth inside the gargantuan AUSA convention hall. Hope you enjoy. 

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Crystal ball-gazing the X2′s military future

—————————-> With theSikorsky X2 prototype achieving first flight yesterday, it’s a good time to discussits military potential. The X2 isdesigned with a coaxial main rotor and an aft pusher propeller in order to breakthe conventional helicopter’s roughly 170-knot/hour speed barrier. And itsfly-by-wire controls and modern avionics are supposed to defeat the highvibration and high workload […]

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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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Where the GE38 leads, others will follow

I learned in journalism school to always “follow the money”, but perhaps a better rule of thumb in the aerospace industry is to “follow the engines”. In more ways than one, engine technology is the propelling force of the aerospace industry. Airframers learned a long time ago never to launch a new aircraft unless at […]

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New contest: Name the top 5 military aviation headlines of 2017

This contest is inspired by a similar question posed to Richard Aboulafia on Flightblogger. The challenge: name the top 5 military aviation headlines of 2017. If you’d rather not post your name, feel free to email me with your contributions at stephen.trimble@flightglobal.com. To get the ball rolling, here’s my Top 5: 1. Airbus named Alabama’s […]

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