Major Acquisition Programs: Black Hawk Utility Helicopter (UH-60M)
What is it? The Blackhawk Utility Helicopter (UH-60) is the Army's current and future force utility and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) helicopter. The UH-60 provides the commander with rapid and agile maneuver capability through air assault, general support, Army Airborne Command and Control System (A2C2S) and MEDEVAC. The UH-60 gives Commanders the ability to initiate, conduct and sustain combat operations by providing internal and/or external lift of troops, weapon systems, supplies and equipment. In the A2C2S role, it provides full joint and combined interoperability with other Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance elements to Commanders at all echelons. The UH-60 is also utilized in support of homeland security and natural disaster relief operations, such as fire suppression, personnel recovery and key personnel transport. The UH-60 is vital to the homeland security needs of our nation.
What has the Army done? The Army will procure new UH-60M and HH-60M (MEDEVAC variant) in order to extend:
- The fleet's lift and range capabilities,
- Reduce operating and support costs,
- Enhance survivability,
- Improve strategic transportability,
- Integrate Air Warrior,
- Digitized avionics and flight management systems plus incorporate Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) requirements, and
- Extend aircraft life.
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For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.
Program for Soldiers to Earn $1,000 Referral Bonus Expanded
The latest recruiting incentive that will pay Soldiers a $1,000 lump payment for referring applicants who enlist, complete basic training, and graduate advanced individual training has been expanded. Effective 1 June 2006, Army Retirees are eligible to provide referrals under this program and receive the $1K bonus by referring persons that have not previously conducted an appointment with a recruiter.
The Secretary of the Army may pay a bonus to any Soldier who refers to an Army recruiter a person who has not previously served in the Armed Forces and enlists in either the Active Army, Army National Guard or the Army Reserves. The referral may not be an immediate family member and the Soldier referring may not be serving in a recruiting or retention assignment.