The U.S. Air Force has launched the combat rescue helicopter program, starting with issuing a request for proposals.
According to a release, the Office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition wants proposals to reach the CRH goals requirements: “hover performance, combat radius, payload and cabin space.”
The not-to-exceed price for the program is set at $6.848 billion, according to Aviation Week.
CRHs will be used to for recovery missions for personnel in hostile or denied territories, humanitarian missions, search and rescue operations, disaster relief, and combat and non-combatant evacuations.
The Air Force wants 112 CRHs to replace the service’s HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter fleet.