An F-22 Raptor assigned to JB Langley-Eustis, Va., flies above Offutt AFB, Neb., Aug. 9, 2018. Air Force photo by SrA. Kaylee Dubois.
The Air Force’s next combat rescue helicopter is facing a series of challenges in development, which could impact the schedule of evaluation and production. The CRH, once touted by Sikorsky as being ahead of schedule, now needs several components to be redesigned, and the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation is urging the Air Force to adjust its schedule to ensure that testing is “meaningful.”
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Air Force plans to issue its final request for proposals in May for a
new commercial jet that will replace Boeing’s 1960’s-era OC-135B, the
service said Jan. 31. The new pair of airliners, dubbed OC-X, will
conduct observation flights of 33 other countries’ military
installations under the 1992 Open Skies Treaty. According to an updated
program schedule posted on Federal Business Opportunities, the Air Force
expects to publish a draft RFP in mid-February and hold a
presolicitation conference in late March. Although the OC-135B is
expected to fly until 2040, the Air Force says it is increasingly
difficult to sustain. Future Open Skies aircraft will feature digital
sensors rather than the three wet-film cameras that are “nearly
obsolete, frequently unreliable, [and] hard and increasingly expensive
to maintain,” according to the service. In recent years, the jet has
been caught in political crossfire as lawmakers raise questions about
the radars other countries use on Open Skies flights and whether Russia
is playing by the rules of the treaty. —Rachel S. Cohen
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