US Army Kills Comanche

Released on Monday, February 23, 2004
United States of America
AH-64D Apache Longbow
CH-47F Chinook
F/A-22A Raptor
RAH-66 Comanche
UH-60M BlackHawk
ASE - Aircraft Survivability Equipment
FCS - Future Combat Systems
UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Within its aviation review, the US Army announced the RAH-66 Comanche attack helicopter program cut off with funding to be reallocated for other US Army programs that will successfully meet current operational requirements.

Boeing and Sikorsky, a United Technologies subsidiary, as the prime contractors for the RAH-66 Comanche will cease activity on the program. A budget amendment will be submitted to Congress for the fiscal year 2005 budget request that would allow Comanche termination.

Comanche cancellation will allow US Army to invest approximately $14.6 billion currently allocated for 121 Comanche helicopters (FY2004-2011) in modernization of 1,400 aircraft (70% of current rotary-winged fleet), purchase 800 new aircraft, and accelerate the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program. The US Army intends to extend service life of its aircraft fleet beyond 2020. The new aircraft to be procured could be latest models of AH-64, UH-60, and CH-47 helicopters.

The Aviation Review leveraged lessons learned from the Global War on Terrorism and the occupation of Iraq. US Army formations would be transformed into more lethal, agile, modular, strategically flexible and cohesive units.

Part of $14.6 billion freed by Comanche cancellation will fund the Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) initiatives making US Army aircraft more survivable in wartime and stability operations.

The Department of Defense and the US Army have expressed their commitment to Future Combat System (FCS) and Army Transformation initiatives. Following Comanche cancellation, the US Air Force has renewed its commitment to the F/A-22 one of the Department of Defense most criticized programs.


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