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Not so fast ... US Army will have to defend decision to sole source UH-72 trainer... or recompete it

U.S. Court upholds AgustaWestland Challenge of U.S. Army Helicopter Trainer Contract to Airbus for LAKOTA

In a decision taken this month after two years of deliberation, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has sustained the protest of AgustaWestland over the Army's decision to award Army helicopter trainer contracts to Airbus/EADS.  Specifically, "the court has isues a preliminary injunction and remanded this matter to the [U.S.] Army for six months to: (1) proceed with a competitive procurement; (2) reissue a new Justification and Approval For Other Than Full and Open Competition, correcting the deficiencies identified herein and conducting a new Independent Government Estimate; or (3) no proceeding with this procurement."

Held Up In the Shipyard, Carrier Bush Is Under The Gun To Deploy On Time

Russian military aviation battles back

Air Force Prepares to Hash Out Future Fighter Requirements

USAF opens path to order up to 100 more C-130Js

Meet Bell's V-247, Armed Tiltrotor Drone For Marines

Federal Auditors Rap Air Force for A-10 Boneyard Plan

Vice Chief of Staff General Paul Selva: Pentagon Must Emulate Industry's Innovation Strategy

Air Force Considers Opening JDAM Competition to New Suppliers

Army's Rapid Capabilities Office to Be Stood Up in September

Pentagon's top weapons tester doubts F-35A capabilities


Defense Program Profile - Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP)

ITEP candiate GE3000

On August 22, 2016, the U.S. Army's Improved Turbine Engine (ITE) program awarded two Fixed Price Incentive Fee (FPIF) Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) contracts to develop a preliminary design for Army Aviation’s next generation turboshaft engine that will replace the current engine in the Black Hawk and Apache aircraft.  Recipients are General Electic and the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC), a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney.

The ITE is a form, fit replacement for the T700 General Electric (GE) series engine (701D) that is in current operational use within the U.S. Army's Black Hawk and Apache fleets. With the form, fit design the ITE will fit inside the existing engine compartments of both the H-60 and AH-64E and provide significant power enhancement (3,000 SHP), increased fuel efficiency, and decreased sustainment costs. 

On August 31st, officials from the U.S. Army PEO Aviation's Improved Turbine Engine/Future Vertical Lift (ITE/FVL) Project Office -- Richard Kretzschmar and Bob Sheibely (FVL) and LTC Curt Kuetemeyer (ITE) -- briefed the media and provided the program insight in response to query... details from DSJ's participation in the Q&A are found here...

Defense & Aerospace Industry Meetings, Trade Shows and Exhibitions


September 9-12 -- National Guard Association of the U.S. (NGAUS) Annual Conference (Baltimore, MD)

September 12-15 -- 62nd Annual ASIS Seminar & Exhibit (Orlando, FL)

September 19-21 -- Air Force Assocation (AFA) Air, Space, and Cyber Conference (National Harbor, MD)  

September 27-29- Modern Day Marine (Quantico, VA) 

October 3-5 - Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition (Washington DC)

November 1-4  - NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition 2016 (Las Vegas, NV)

November 28 - December 2 - I/ITSEC (International Training & Simulation) 2016 (Orlando, FL)  

February 15-16 - SMI Group's 10th Border Security Conference (Rome, Italy)

March 7-9 - Helicopter Association International's HeliExpo 2017 (Dallas, TX)

March 13-15 - AUSA Global Force Symposium & Exposition 2017 (Huntsville, AL)

April 26-28 - AAAA - Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (Nashville, TN)

May 16-18 - Special Operations Forces Industry Conference - SOFIC (Tampa, FL)