Magazine article National Defense

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Magazine article National Defense

Next Month

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Military Rotorcraft

* Sikorsky's CH-53K helicopter has long been plagued with delays. But Marine Corps officials recently said the tide has turned and the program - which is meant to replace its aging fleet of heavy lift helicopters - is back on track. In our next issue, National Defense looks at the state of the program and challenges ahead.

Presidential Helicopter

* The Navy and Marine Corps learned tough lessons from a previously canceled program and are ready to procure a replacement for the presidential helicopter. With initial operating capability scheduled for in fiscal year 2020, officials are relying on commercial-off-the-shelf systems to procure a new system.

Ships for the Army

* Yes, the Army does have ships. One of the few new-start acquisition programs on the service's horizon is the maneuver support vehicle-light, a watercraft designed for the intra-theater movement of troops and equipment. Officials say the Vietnam War-era boats it will replace are outdated and wouldn't survive in contested battlegrounds. …

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