US Air Force Adds Requirement For Huey Replacement

A UH-1N Iroquois from the 54th Helicopter Squadron flies over Minot Air Force Base’s missile complex, N.D., Jan. 25, 2017. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

A Bell Helicopter UH-1N  flies over Minot Air Force Base’s missile complex. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force has told bidders for the Bell Helicopter UH-1N Huey replacement program to include ADS-B Out technology in their proposals to enhance safety and navigation efficiency, the service said June 15.

The Air Force said in a statement that it added ADS-B Out to the program’s requirements because the FAA’s 2020 mandate. The new helicopter’s missions will include protecting intercontinental ballistic missile fields in the U.S.

The Air Force still plans to issue the program’s final request for proposals in July and award a contract in fiscal year 2018. Potential bidders include a Boeing-Leonardo team, Sikorsky and Bell.

This article was originally published by Defense Daily It has been edited.

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