The U.S. Army’s Fiscal 2011 budget request provides renewed focus on the service’s crucial, aging fleet of rotary wing aircraft, with $6 billion budgeted for acquisition and modernization of the fleet. The Army has been talking about the intense pressure the high operational tempo in Iraq and Afghanistan is placing on its rotary wing fleet, and DOD has taken notice. The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), released Feb. 1 in conjunction with the FY ’11 budget, puts availability of rotary ...

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