The army intends on sole sourcing the work to Boeing and posted its plan online so as to give other potentially interested parties a chance to bid. As part of that contract, the US Army was to receive remanufactured Apaches, while 24 new ones were to go to the international customer. Aircraft performance is also improved via the GE Aviation TD turboshaft, composite main rotor blades, and an improved rotor drive system. Other upgrades include enhanced avionics, integration of communications Link related hardware and software, and a cognitive decision aiding system.

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Correction: Lt. Laura Richardson is the acting commanding general of U. Army Forces Command. The Army was unhappy with the performance of the nuts in severe coastal environments and saw corrosion due to climate and stress during routine safety inspections of the fleet.

The service ordered a redesign of the strap pack nut that would be retrofitted onto all operational AHs worldwide. Noting the strap pack nut issue among other delays, Lt. The strap pack nut issue alone has so far required FORSCOM soldiers to invest an extra 6, man hours to inspect and retrofit the strap pack nuts, she said.

Sign up for the Early Bird Brief, the defense industry's most comprehensive news and information, straight to your inbox. By giving us your email, you are opting in to the Early Bird Brief. The Army resumed accepting AHE helicopters from Boeing at the end of August and hopes to be finished retrofitting the entire fleet of U.

The first units to receive new parts will be those that fly regularly in severe, coastal environments. Thomas Todd, the Army aviation program executive officer, estimated that number to be roughly six units in the Army. There are AHs currently fielded in the U. Jen Judson is the land warfare reporter for Defense News. She has covered defense in the Washington area for eight years. She won the National Press Club's best analytical reporting award in and was named the Defense Media Awards' best young defense journalist in Sign up for our Early Bird Brief Get the defense industry's most comprehensive news and information straight to your inbox.

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Soldiers bore brunt of strap pack nut problem with AH-64 helos, says acting FORSCOM chief

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