The Air Force issued a request for information to industry on Dec. 17, 2009, seeking input on the in-production, non-developmental helicopters available that could meet the performance attributes laid out for the Common Vertical Lift Support Platform, the replacement to the service's Vietnam War-era UH-1N Huey helicopters. The Air Force wants up to 93 new platforms, with the first operational unit ready no later than September 2015. Here a UH-1N from the 40th Helicopter Squadron at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., which helps protect the base's Minuteman III missile fields, hovers over the Montana skyline during a search and rescue training sortie.
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