16 Feb '17, 10pm

Industry offers come up short in Air Force's Huey replacement program

WASHINGTON —The Air Force’s UH-1N Huey helicopter replacement program has hit a snag: None of the potential offerors meet the threshold requirements with off-the-shelf rotorcraft, necessitating that companies make changes to their aircraft before bidding. Because of this, the Air Force is pushing back several key dates, the service announced Thursday in a statement. Instead of releasing its final request for proposals (RFP) this month, the service will issue a second draft in April, with the final version coming in summer. The Air Force aims to keep the other key dates stable, including a planned contract award in fiscal year 2018 and first helicopter delivery in the fiscal 2020-2021 timeframe, according to the statement. It intends to buy 84 UH-1N replacements to defend nuclear missile facilities. The original draft RFP, which was issued in December, called for an armored...

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