AFSOC’s CSAR-X Plan Meets a Cautious Congress: Lawmakers, apparently weary of weapons program cost and schedule overruns, took aim at Air Force Special Operations Command’s program to replace its elderly HH-60 Pave Hawk combat search and rescue helicopters. The 2006 defense spending bill contains a statement of concern that USAF might lose sight of the need to replace the HH-60s in “sufficient number” or in a “timely manner.” Appropriators have directed the Air Force to select an “existing aircraft” to limit time on R&D, and, what’s more, they are holding back $66 million of the $72 million slated for CSAR-X in 2006 until the service delivers a report with “detailed cost and schedule estimates.”
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