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DoD announces non-certification of Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter program.

The Department of Defense on Oct. 16 notified the Congress and the contractor, Bell Helicopter Bell Helicopter Textron is an American helicopter and tiltrotor manufacturer headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. A division of Textron, Bell manufactures military helicopter and tiltrotor products in the United States (primarily in and around Fort Worth as well as in Amarillo, , that it will not certify cer·ti·fy  
v. cer·ti·fied, cer·ti·fy·ing, cer·ti·fies
a. To confirm formally as true, accurate, or genuine.

 the U.S. Army Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter An armed reconnaissance helicopter is a light helicopter armed for self defense and rudimentary combat abilities. It can refer to any of the following.
  • Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter was a U.S. Army project to replace the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, resulting in the Bell ARH-70.
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) program for continuation.

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics The Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics is the title of a high-level civilian official in the United States Department of Defense. The Undersecretary of Defense for Policy is the principal staff assistant and advisor to both the Secretary of Defense  John Young, in consultation with senior defense and Army officials, has determined that the fundamental cost and schedule basis underlying award of the ARH contract is no longer valid.

The ARH contract was awarded for an expected development cost of $359 million and a procurement The fancy word for "purchasing." The procurement department within an organization manages all the major purchases.  average unit cost of $8.56 million. Currently, DoD estimates that development will cost $942 million, and the procurement average unit cost will be $14.48 million. Delivery of ARH to the Army was originally scheduled to take place by 2009, but the current projection is for 2013.

"Rather than continue this program," Young said, "I have decided that the best course of action is to provide the Army with an opportunity to define a coherent, disciplined Kiowa Warrior helicopter replacement program, and to obtain more rigorous contract terms for its development."

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren stated, "The cost and schedule that were the focus of the decision to award the contract to Bell Helicopter are no longer valid. We have a duty to the Army and the taxpayer to move ahead with an alternative course of action to meet this critical capability for our soldiers at the best price and as soon as possible."
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Date:Jan 1, 2009
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