Boeing is proposing three kinds of rotorcraft to the Navy to be the VXX, the next Presidential helicopter, says Marco Di Gabrielle, Boeing’s director of international helicopter business development. Speaking Wednesday at a media briefing in Arlington, Va., Di Gabrielle said the company responded in June to the Navy’s VXX request for information with concepts including the H-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey and Boeing 101, to provide “a very diverse range of options” for the requirement. Boeing will choose one to offer in the contest once the Navy refines its needs, he said. Boeing in June acquired the rights to the “101” medium-lift helicopter from AgustaWestland. Di Gabrielle said the 101 “rounds out the portfolio” of choppers Boeing can offer the US domestic market. It will be interesting to see what role the Boeing 101 plays in the Air Force’s forthcoming contest for a platform to replace its aging HH-60G rescue helicopters as well.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.