The Navy has announced that it will terminate
the VH-71 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) program
contract. The announcement follows a Department of Defense (DoD)
decision to cancel the existing presidential helicopter replacement
program. The VH-71 was intended to replace both the VH-3D and
VH-60N aircraft currently used to conduct presidential support
Raytheon Company's newest variant of the Advanced Medium-Range
Air-to-Air Missile continued to demonstrate its advanced
warfighting capabilities when it completed its seventh test flight.
During the recent test, the AIM-120D AMRAAM was fired from a USAF
F-15D fighter aircraft. Initial analysis shows the missile achieved
all primary test objectives.
A USAF B-1B bomber returned to flight last week after a Boeing
team replaced its catastrophically damaged upper-center boron
longeron – the aircraft's "backbone." The B-1, Swift Justice,
was damaged during a routine training mission in December 2007.