Transformation and Restructuring
Aviation Transformation further demonstrates The Army’s hard
choices in balancing risk to resource Transformation. Our interim
plan – now in progress – lowers operating and sustainment
costs while posturing aviation for arrival of the Objective Force
by 2010. Apache modernization is an integral part of the Army Aviation
Transformation Plan. The AH-64D Longbow heavy attack team will enhance
domination of the maneuver battlespace and provide the ground commander
with a versatile, long-range weapon system against a range of fixed
and moving targets. The UH-60 Blackhawk continues to be the assault
workhorse of Army Aviation, executing over 40% of The Army’s
annual flying hours. We are extending the life of the UH-60 while
providing it with capabilities required of the future battlespace.
Similarly, The Army is fully committed to the CH-47F Chinook program.
Its heavy-lift capability is invaluable to transforming The Army.
As we restructure and standardize attack and lift formations across
the force, we will also adjust the stationing and alignment of Reserve
Component aviation units to mitigate the near-term risk.
Army National Guard Aviation comprises almost 50% of The Army’s
aviation force and is one of the Nation’s most valuable assets
both for wartime and for peacetime missions. Essential for successful
execution of the Nation’s military strategy, the ARNG currently
has aviation units deployed in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bosnia, Europe,
and Saudi Arabia, as well as Central and South America.