Rick Spicer, Boeing’s deputy capture team lead for the company’s CSAR efforts, told reporters Sept. 27 at AFA’s Air and Space Conference in Washington that it would probably be the last time he would get to make a pitch for the HH-47 before the expected November CSAR-X aircraft award. Spicer touted the US Special Operations Command’s MH-47 combat experience in Afghanistan and Iraq, since the HH-47 is 95 percent common with the MH-47Gs. He also discussed the new digital open architecture cockpit, digital flight controls, and advanced visibility and countermeasure capabilities.
More than 100 B-21s will be needed if the nation is to avoid creating a high demand/low capacity capability, panelists said on a Hudson Institute webinar. The B-21's flexibility, stealth, range and payload will be in high demand for a wide range of missions, both traditional and new.