GAO Decision Released on UH-1N Huey Replacement Protest
Sikorsky has issued the following statement:
We’ve received the GAOs decision regarding our protest and are currently reviewing our options to determine our next steps. We remain confident the Sikorsky HH-60U offering is the strongest, most capable and only technically compliant solution for the UH-1N Huey replacement program. We remain committed to supporting the Air Force and providing them with a proven, in-production military aircraft for the critical no-fail mission of protecting our nation’s nuclear missile silos and supporting the continuity-of-government mission.
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Sikorsky’s Offering to Replace the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N Huey Helicopter Fleet
Guarding and protecting the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch sites across the Great Plains requires specially trained tactical security teams on constant standby — and a fleet of combat ready and survivable U.S. Air Force helicopters to get them where they need to be.
For this critical national security mission, Sikorsky proposes a variant of the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter — designated HH-60U — already in the Air Force inventory. ‘HH-60U’ is the U.S. Air Force’s designation for their fleet of slightly modified UH-60M Black Hawk aircraft acquired in 2011.
An HH-60U fleet of up to 84 aircraft would also provide secure and survivable emergency transport to support Continuity of Government Operations transport in Washington, D.C.
Low-risk and readily available, the HH-60U solution is fully compliant to U.S. Air Force requirements, leveraging existing DoD certifications and non-developmental item integration.
The HH-60U offers superior performance demonstrated by the combat proven Black Hawk. It will provide the USAF with superior value through commonality and will be built on the existing full-rate production U.S. Army Black Hawk production line.
The Sikorsky HH-60U meets and exceeds performance requirements of the Air Force UH-1N Huey Replacement Program for the following missions:
- Emergency Security Response – Unobstructed cabin space for nine Security Forces specialists, their gear, and ESR mission equipment box, plus two special mission aviators.
- Convoy Escort – Endurance, armament and survivability to escort the missile security force team.
- Continuity of Operations Airlift – Crashworthy cabin seating for eight VIPs and one special mission aviator.
Battle Damage Proven
Cockpit Avionics Functionality
- CIVIL RNP/RNAV PROCEDURES FOR ALL PHASES OF FLIGHT
- TACTICAL MISSION CAPABILITIES
- DIGITAL MAPPING WITH INTEGRATED THREAT WARNING, ADS-B OUT,
4-AXIS COUPLED AUTOPILOT.
LEVERAGES 3,000 H-60 AIRCRAFT IN DOD INVENTORY
SINGLE DEPOT TO MAINTAIN COMMON FLEET
OPTIMIZE MAINTENANCE MANPOWER FOR COMMON FLEET
OPTIMIZE SPARE SUPPORT FOR COMMON FLEET
CONSOLIDATED TRAINING PROGRAM
COMMONALITY REDUCES INVESTMENT FOR FUTURE CAPABILITIES
ENGINEERING THE FUTURE OF VERTICAL LIFT
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