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News and issues relating to the defense aerospace business, with emphasis on current/in-use, in-development and prospective programs for manned military aircraft and unmanned combat aircraft vehicles (UCAVs).
Bell is offering the V-280 Valor tiltrotor while the Boeing-Sikorsky team is pitching the SB-1 Defiant, based on Sikorsky's X2 tech demonstrator.
The fire-control radar of the AH-64E Guardian will be enhanced to work in the littoral environment close to shore, among other upgrades.
With the new central mission computer, the upgraded Rafales offer complete versatility, according to manufacturer Dassault.
The program is expected to be worth €200 to €250 million (up to $310 million), for the acquisition of 8-10 systems, with three UAVs per system.
Several more nations have joined the coalition. The U.S. and most Western allies have ruled out the deployment of ground troops.
The value of the contract could be as high as $72 million.
The service has designated the platform a top priority and expects to make a contract award next spring.
The VXX will replace the aging fleet of Sikorsky VH-3Ds and VH-60Ns flown by Marine Helicopter Squadron One for presidential and VIP transport.