The U.S. Air ForceÂ expects to awardÂ an UH-1N HueyÂ replacementÂ contract later this year and aims to deliver new utility helicopters to multiple bases in theÂ 2020-2032 time frame.
USAFÂ said WednesdayÂ it will buy aircraft designed to support nuclear deterrence, test and training, continuation of government operations and survival school support operations.
The service branch seeks a replacement platform with increasedÂ speed, range, endurance, payload capacity and survivability features.
The 2016 Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Requirements Oversight Council cleared the procurement plan, which USAF said aligns with theÂ Defense Department‘s objective to fortify national security and preparedness against nuclear threats.
Current UH-1N Huey locations will receive new helicopters after an environmental analysis is completed.
Facilities includeÂ Eglin AFB in Florida, Fairchild AFB in Washington, FE Warren AFB in Wyoming, Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility in Maryland, Kirtland AFB in New Mexico, Malmstrom AFB in Montana and Minot AFB in North Dakota.