The Air Force on Monday announced Boeing will build the replacement to the UH-1N Huey with a firm-fixed-price contract worth $2.38 billion. The program begins with Monday’s award of an initial $375 million for four helicopters and the integration of non-developmental items. It is the result of a long-delayed process, which included protests from Sikorsky and frustration from US Strategic Command and Air Force Global Strike Command. Read the full story by Brian Everstine.
—Russia said Monday it would provide Syria the S-300 air defense system after Syrian forces last week shot down a Russian plane in a friendly fire incident: Associated Press.
—A US airstrike Friday killed 18 al-Shabab militants after US and local forces were attacked in southern Somalia, according to US Africa Command: Associated Press.—The US Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa are rollin out Operation GRIT, described by as “a holistic approach to strengthen resiliency, reinforce protective factors and reduce unwanted behaviors through deliberate and meaningful personal and professional development from commanders and supervisors”: US Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa release.—In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the Defense Health Agency has extended TRICARE provider referral waivers in North Carolina and South Carolina until Sept. 30: Air Force release. —The Air Force on Friday approved resumption of T-6 trainer flights after temporarily halting them after a crash last week in Texas: Military.com.—An Air Force couple is under investigation for the death of their infant son and injuries to their daughter in Hawaii, court records say: Honolulu Star-Advertiser. —A US district judge has said federal lawsuits against the Air Force over a Texas church shooting that left dozens dead will be combined into a single case. The suits claim the Air Force was negligent in not reporting the past convictions of the gunman to a federal database, allowing him to pass a background check to obtain the guns involved: Associated Press.
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