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Dati i precedenti .... poteva finire solo così ....

 

 

USAF to Award Sikorsky Contract for Combat Rescue Helicopter ....

 

The Air Force plans to award Sikorsky Aircraft Company a contract for a new combat rescue helicopter in the second quarter of Fiscal 2014, said USAF spokeswoman Erika Yepsen in a statement released Nov. 22.

“In response to our competitive combat rescue helicopter solicitation, we received one proposal. That offer, from Sikorsky Aircraft Company, has provided an acceptable technical solution and we intend to award a contract based upon budget availability,” said Yepsen.

However, she also noted the contract is “contingent on the outcome of the President’s budget review process.”

The announcement comes roughly one week after Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said it would be “very difficult” to make such an award given the lack of funding for new start programs.

Air Force spokesman Ed Gulick said the CRH technically is not a new start because it already appeared in the President’s Fiscal 2012 budget request.

Sikorsky spokesman Frans Jurgens said the company is “encouraged” the program “appears to be moving forward.”

He added, “Sikorsky and partner Lockheed Martin are ready to begin building a very affordable new-generation rescue capability based on the proven H-60M Black Hawk platform.”

The CRH will replace the aging HH-60G Pave Hawks, flown heavily in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Amy McCullough

11/25/2013

 

Fonte .... il "Daily Report" dell'AFA .... 2mpl6b5.jpg

 

AW&ST (January 04, 2013) .... "United Tech's Sikorsky Sole Bidder In U.S. Helicopter Contest" .... http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_01_04_2013_p0-533670.xml

 

Molto, ma molto .... politicamente corretto .... :asd:

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Aldila del fatto che sono "merigani", sta idea di spendere fior di quattrini per introdurre in servizio un mezzo supersofisticato e con una logistica diversa per fare il "combat Sar" era inutile.

 

Sappiamo bene che negli ultimi 10 anni di piloti da salvare dietro le linee li abbiamo visti solo al cinema. Un derivato del Black Hawk aggiornato nell'avionica basta e avanza.

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considerando che da dopo Desert Storm, ogni volta che si è effettuata una missione C-SAR, hanno chiamato i verdi, potrebbero anche appaltargliela in maniera definitiva :asd:

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Non è ancor detto che il programma CRH vada definitivamente in porto ....

 

"Despite reports, Sikorsky CRH contract is not done deal" .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/despite-reports-sikorsky-crh-contract-is-not-done-deal-394991/

 

"Omnibus Bill Funds Combat Rescue Helicopter" .... http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140114/DEFREG02/301140035/Omnibus-Bill-Funds-Combat-Rescue-Helicopter

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Stanno ancora aspettando ....

 

CSAR Salad ....

 

The Fiscal 2015 budget apparently offers no plan for a new Combat Search and Rescue Helicopter, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Wednesday.

She told a Bloomberg defense budget symposium in Washington, D.C., that CSAR “is a priority” as well as “a sacred mission” to recover downed or stranded airmen, soldiers, and sailors alike.

However, “for 10 years, we’ve been talking about replacing this helicopter,” and she said it has yet to be determined what the right next step is.

“It’s a question of, ‘can we afford it, can we afford it now versus later, [or] is it better to do upgrades or buy new?’” she said.

However, the aircraft are old and in rough shape and “something’s gotta give,” she observed, adding that she’s “personally looking at this very hard.” CSAR is a priority, but “we have to rack and stack that priority with the others.”

(See also Angel Thunder from the June 2013 edition of Air Force Magazine.)

 

John A. Tirpak - 2/28/2014

 

Fonte .... il "Daily Report" dell'AFA .... 2mpl6b5.jpg

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Ora saranno contenti .... dal momento che avranno il tanto desiderato elicottero casalingo targato Sikorsky (in società con Lockheed Martin ..... e vi pareva) .... con un contratto frutto di una competizione .... senza competitori ....

 

"USAF to issue contract to Sikorsky for rescue helicopter" .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-to-issue-contract-to-sikorsky-for-rescue-helicopter-396608/

 

Anche qui .... "Reversing Course on CRH" .... http://www.airforcemag.com/DRArchive/Pages/2014/March%202014/March%2005%202014/Reversing-Course-on-CRH.aspx

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L'aiutino ....

 

"Congress, Contractor Helped Rescue Helicopter" .... http://www.dodbuzz.com/2014/03/11/congress-contractor-helped-rescue-helicopter/

 

.... e l'annuncio a sorpresa, nel corso di una recente conferenza stampa, da parte del Maggior Generale Jim Martin sulla decisione di finanziare il programma ....

 

 

Q: (INAUDIBLE) with Inside Defense. Sir, we need you to say on the rescue helicopter, CRH, not funded in this budget?

MAJ. GEN. MARTIN: Actually, breaking news, we have made a decision to fund the CRH. So there is money in FY '14, and so the CRH is now funded. And more details on that announcement will come out later today.
Q: (OFF-MIC)...
Q: When was this decision made?
MAJ. GEN. MARTIN: It was made today.
(LAUGHTER)
MAJ. GEN. MARTIN: In fact, I was informed of the decision before I walked no here.
Q: Can you comment on how much money's gonna be in the FY '15 budget for CRH?
MAJ. GEN. MARTIN: Well, actually in FY '15 there is no money in the budget, but there's enough money in FY '14 that will allow us to carry us through FY '15.

 

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USAF e Sikorsky hanno fretta ...

The next generation of Air Force combat rescue is taking shape on a new Connecticut production line, where two development models of the HH-60W helicopter are undergoing final assembly ahead of flight testing late this year.
Sikorsky officials are confident in the progress on the helicopter, known in the factory as “Whiskey,” heartened by the Air Force’s budget request of $1.14 billion in Fiscal 2019.
The funds will help accelerate development and shrink the deployment schedule.
When the original $1.28 billion contract for engineering, manufacturing, and development for the helicopter was awarded in June 2014, it launched a 75-month program aimed at delivery on Sept. 26, 2020.
With the additional funding and progress made so far, Sikorsky is now executing a schedule that would bring the Milestone C production decision in the third quarter of 2019, and delivery in March 2020.

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Ed ecco che arrivano ... gli inevitabili ritardi ...

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Issues in testing have pushed back the first flight of the Air Force’s Combat Rescue Helicopter program and could further delay a production decision, though the prime manufacturer has previously pushed to accelerate the program.
The Air Force in June 2014 awarded Sikorsky the original contract for the Combat Rescue Helicopter, with delivery scheduled for September 2020. 
The company told Air Force Magazine last spring that based on the progress it has made, it could accelerate the production decision to the third quarter of 2019, with first delivery in March 2020.
Sikorsky is developing the HH-60W helicopter, known as Pave Hawk II, based on the current Black Hawk but with several upgrades. 
However, those upgrades have run into issues in development and testing, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation said in its yearly evaluation of weapons systems.

Fonte: airforcemag.com ... Combat Rescue Helicopter Program Faces Delays ...

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Meglio tardi che mai ... ovvero ... "Vent'anni dopo" ... :o

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Nearly 20 years after the Air Force first embarked on its search for a new combat search-and-rescue helicopter with the CSAR-X program, the helicopter that will replace the legacy HH-60G Pave Hawk flew for the first time May 17 in Florida.
Sikorsky’s HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, based on the Army’s UH-60, is slated to replace an HH-60G fleet from the 1980s in a $7.1 billion procurement program that includes 112 combat, test, and training assets.
Over more than an hour, the initial flight test proved whether the Pave Hawk II could perform basic vertical-lift maneuvers: going forward, braking, left- and right-hand turns, hovering, speeding forward, back, left and right, automated pitch and roll moves, accelerating from 10 knots to 100 knots, turning at 80 knots, and more, said Greg Hames, Sikorsky’s CRH program manager.

... airforcemag.com ... Pave Hawk II Takes Flight ...

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