US Army National Guard to receive 100 aircraft and Humvees

12 December 2019 (Last Updated January 23rd, 2020 10:13)

The US Army is set to deliver additional aircraft and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (Humvees) to the National Guard in the coming years.

US Army National Guard to receive 100 aircraft and Humvees
Two paratroopers from the 407th Brigade Support Battalion attach a Humvee by harness to the bottom of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during sling load training on 17 November. Credit: Sgt Susan Wilt.

The US Army is set to deliver additional aircraft and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (Humvees) to the National Guard in the coming years.

The national guard will receive 100 aircraft and Humvee units in the fiscal year (FY) 2020.

An additional 300 units will be fielded in 2021-24, according to principal deputy to the assistant secretary of the US Army for acquisition, logistics and technology Jeffrey White. He made the announcement during the 23rd National Guard Association of the US Annual Industry Day on 10 December.

The acquisition focuses on total lifecycle management for over 700 programmes of the US Army.

Jeffrey White said: “We’ve adopted the ‘cradle-to-grave’ perspective when evaluating materiel solutions that drive innovation and provides space for continued process improvement. And, the army is delivering modernised capabilities in a balanced and affordable manner.”

Around 64 UH-60M aircraft will be produced for the US Army National Guard for FY2020. The programme also includes 172 for the period from 2021 to 2024.

The army is also planning to make 23 UH-60V aircraft available in 2020 and 132 from 2021-24.

Under the AH-64 Block IIIA remanufacturing programme, Boeing will produce 39 AH-64E aircraft for the National Guard in FY2024.

The army expects the Humvee recapitalisation programme to deliver 85 non-armoured Humvee vehicles for fielding to the active, guard and reserve components in FY2020.

The national guard will use these aircraft and vehicles to support their operational needs both at home and abroad.

In March, the army awarded a contract to AM General to deliver 739 Humvees to the national guard.