Highlights from the DoD Comptroller 2015 Budget Overview

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In the FY 2015 budget, the Army restructures its aviation force to simplify training and maintenance requirements by reducing aircraft types from 7 to 4, to improve overall fleet efficiency and mission effectiveness, and to optimize roles and missions for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. The plan is cost neutral across the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP), but yields significant savings in operations and sustainment and avoids future fleet modernization costs. The Army’s restructure of its aviation plan:

• Divests the aging OH-58 Kiowa Warrior over the next few years, beginning with the termination of the Cockpit and Sensor Upgrade Program and the discontinuation of all major modifications. Replaces the lost capacity with former Guard and Reserve AH-64 Apaches and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Active force.

• Performs the armed reconnaissance mission with upgraded AH-64 Apaches transferred from the National Guard and Army Reserve teamed with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Active force.

• Redistributes all AH-64 Apaches from the National Guard and Army Reserve to the Active force to better align with needed training, availability, and operating tempo (OPTEMPO) demand. The FY 2015 request includes 25 AH-64E(A) Remanufacture aircraft.

• Increases UH-60 Blackhawks in the National Guard and Army Reserve for homeland defense and theater missions. The FY 2015 request includes 72 aircraft and supports the continuation of the 5-year multi-year contract (FY 2012 – FY 2016).

• Divests single-engine legacy aircraft in the training fleet and replace with UH-72 Lakota Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) from Active and Guard forces. To restore the training base with UH-72 Lakota LUHs, 100 additional aircraft will be procured over the next 2 years. The FY 2015 budget request is for 55 aircraft.

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