|WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio, Nov. 10, 2006 –
The Air Force announced Nov. 9 the award of a contract potentially valued at $4.1 billion to The Boeing Co., for the Air Force’s number two acquisition priority, a replacement Combat Search and Rescue, or CSAR, helicopter.
The program will take place in two parts. The first increment, Block 0, will deliver an improved capability. The Initial Operational Capability with 10 aircraft is scheduled for 2012. If the Department of Defense exercises the second increment, Block 10, the acquisition program could continue through 2019.
Aeronautical Systems Center’s 669th Aeronautical Systems Squadron led the source selection efforts with help from Air Combat Command, Air Force Special Operations Command and other designated agencies within the Air Force.
“The Air Force is the only service with forces dedicated to the critical mission of combat search and rescue,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Jack Hudson, commander of Aeronautical Systems Center. “We take that mission seriously, and this new CSAR platform will greatly benefit all service members who operate within hostile, uncertain or enemy territory.”