USAF releases Combat Rescue Helicopter RfP
The United States Air Force has officially begun its search to replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk CSAR helicopter.
In the RfP for the $6.8 billion Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) released on 19 October, the air force is looking for around 112 helicopters as well as training devices, product support and maintenance.
Details of the RfP on the Federal Business Opportunities website say that the RfP has been structured however to 'to handle fluctuations of quantities'.
The RfPs also state the required production totals including nine air vehicles to be procured during EMD, 18 air vehicles in LRIP, and the remaining quantity - around 85 - will be procured during FRP assuming all options are exercised.
A contract award is expected in the late summer of 2013.
The primary mission of the CRH helicopter is to recover isolated personnel from hostile or denied territory; it will also execute humanitarian missions, civil search and rescue, disaster relief, casualty and medical evacuation, and non-combatant evacuation operations.
So far only a few bidders have shown their hands for CRH. Northrop Grumman has partnered with AgustaWestland to offered the AW101 helicopter.
Sikorsky, partnered with Lockheed, is likely to offer a heavily modified version of the UH-60M, while other contenders may include the V-22 and the CH-47 - the previous winner, when the competition was known as CSAR-X.
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