The U.S. Army has concluded the path forward for its Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) requirement is either a service life-extension program (SLEP) for the Bell OH-58D/F Kiowa Warrior or a new development program. After evaluating five off-the-shelf AAS candidates, “we did not find a single aircraft out there that could meet Army requirements,” said Lt. Gen. William Phillips, principal military deputy for acquisition, testifying before Congress May 8. “If we go forward with AAS, it ...


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