The U.S. Air Force, seeking options for replacing its aging UH-1N fleet, says it expects by July to complete examining how the previous Common Vertical Lift Support Platform’s analysis of alternatives (AoA) might be applied to a Huey replacement strategy. (That common lift platform program was canceled in 2013.) The service is developing a replacement acquisition strategy for the Bell Helicopter aircraft for fiscal year 2016. The UH-1Ns serve missions ranging from nuclear weapon convoy escort, ICBM emergency security response and operational support to VIP and continuity-of-government airlift in the Washington, D.C. region. The Air Force is requesting $2 million in fiscal year 2016 for a UH-1N replacement and projects it would spend $980 million over the next five years.