The Pentagon’s Defense Acquisition Board met Oct. 31 to consider the merits of the Air Force’s plan to purchase new combat search and rescue helicopters, known as the CSAR-X program. News reports say the Pentagon will reveal the DAB decision next week. Pentagon acquisition chief, Ken Krieg, last spring reviewed how USAF’s plan meshed with other military aircraft plans, giving an OK to proceed. Once the DAB gives USAF the “final” green light—which reportedly is the case—the Air Force can wrap up the competition this month.
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.