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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

Defense 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

Flight 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


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)