Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said in an Air Force Magazine interview Feb. 4, 2010, that the Air Force has definitely killed the combat search and rescue helicopter replacement program, known as CSAR-X, and would instead pursue the "80 percent solution" of buying the latest version of existing new helicopters to replace its elderly HH-60G Pave Hawks. That likely means a modified version of the Army's latest Black Hawk, the UH-60M, which like USAF's HH-60 is built by Sikorsky. Here, a Pave Hawk from the 101st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron flies over northeastern Afghanistan in April 2009.
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