The U.S. Army told Bell Helicopter and its contractor team to stop work on the ARH-70A armed reconnaissance
helicopter program, initially valued at $2.2 billion for 368 aircraftt, "due to cost, schedule, and performance
issues," the service said. The government has asked Bell to "submit a written plan within 30 days of notification" for a strategy "that maximizes contract performance while minimizing negative cost and schedule impact to the government." The Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. Richard Cody, said after a speech in Washington on March 21--just as the stop-work order was being issued to Bell--that "I am committed to getting an armed reconnaissance helicopter."