The U.S. Air Force’s $15 billion combat, search and rescue replacement helicopter (CSAR-X) program may be saved from the Pentagon budget executioner’s blade because personnel recovery and CSAR operations were included as one of the service’s 12 “core functions,” according to government and industry sources familiar with the program and USAF CSAR operations. The Defense Department, the sources said, had targeted CSAR-X as one of the marked programs for possible cancellation for budgetary ...

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