|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
News' Chris Cavas reports that the USS George H. W. Bush, newest of the fleet’s operational carriers, is under
the gun. The ship emerged from a shipyard in late July five months late – seven if compared to the original schedule.
It's facing a planned deployment later this year that needs to be on time if the Bush is to relieve another carrier already
operating on the far side of the world. With a compressed training schedule, Norfolk-based Fleet Forces Command (FFC) is wrestling
with how to get the ship, its air wing and supporting strike group fully ready to deploy to a combat zone, a situation its
Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) was conceived to handle.
Russian military aviation battles back
Global's Vladimir Karnozov reports from Moscow that Russia’s military-industrial complex – and its aircraft-making
industry as an integral part of it – is striving to adjust to the new geopolitical reality that emerged as a result
of the annexation of Crimea, the civil war in neighbouring Ukraine and Moscow’s military aid to the Syrian government
of Bashar Al-Assad.
Air Force Prepares to Hash Out Future Fighter Requirements
Defense News reports that the US Air Force has already begun preliminary work ahead of a 2017 analysis of alternatives
that will shape the requirements and acquisition strategy for the F-35 follow on, which the Air Force has termed Next Generation
Air Dominance (NGAD) or Penetrating Counter Air (PCA).
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