Jun 02, 2014 17:00 UTC
Latest updates[?]: Added support funds; Senate markup for training recap acceleration - the good and bad.
DID’s FOCUS articles offer in-depth, updated looks at significant military programs of record. This is DID’s FOCUS Article regarding the US Army’s Light Utility Helicopter program, covering the program and its objectives, the winning bid team and industrial arrangements, and contracts.
The US Army’s LUH program will finish as a 325 helicopter acquisition program that will be worth about $2.3 billion when all is said and done. It aimed to replace existing UH-1 Hueys and OH-58 Kiowa utility variants in non-combat roles, freeing up larger and more expensive UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for front-line duty. In June 2006, a variant of Eurocopter’s EC145 beat AgustaWestland’s AB139, Bell-Textron’s 412EP Twin Huey, and MD Helicopters’ 902 Explorer NOTAR (No Tail Rotor) design. The win marked EADS’ 1st serious military win in the American market, and their “UH-145″ became the “UH-72A Lakota” at an official December 2006 naming ceremony.
Eurocopter has continued to field new mission kits and deliver helicopters from its Mississippi production line, while trying to build on their LUH breakthrough. A training helicopter win will keep the line going for a couple more years…
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Jun 02, 2014 12:10 UTC
- Maj. Gen Zhu Chenghu, from China’s National Defense University, while talking about the US power projection abilities, doubled down on the sort of brazen declarations that are increasingly fashionable among Chinese officials:
“we can see from the situation in Ukraine this kind of ED” – which he explained in Chinese was a military abbreviation for something that may have meant ‘extended deployment’ – “has become the male type of ED problem – erectile dysfunction.”
- Chenghu also said: “If you take China as an enemy, China will absolutely become the enemy of the U.S.”
- US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the Chinese generals he talked with during last week’s Shangri La summit agreed on at least one thing: thanking each other for their candor. It’s diplospeak for “I really don’t like what you just said.”
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