“We were going to hire the Army’s equipment department for a few weeks,” a senior Army official said in an interview.
“We got an offer, and it was the only one.
It was a little hard, but I think we’re going to do it.”
The offer came from the Pentagon’s procurement and logistics department, which is charged with sourcing and buying Army equipment.
The Pentagon has been reluctant to hire new equipment since it began spending heavily on the war in Afghanistan.
But in a sign of how far the Army is willing to go, officials at the Pentagon recently announced they had secured the use of a helicopter that can carry an extra 75 troops.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said last month that he expected the military to spend at least $400 million to upgrade its helicopter fleet over the next five years.
The military is considering purchasing another six helicopters, including the B-1 and B-52 bomber, Milley told reporters.
Milley declined to say what would be the size of the additional helicopters, saying the decision is being made in consultation with the contracting office.
The Air Force is also looking into buying a new helicopter.
But officials at Fort Worth-based Boeing Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. said they were still in talks with the Army about a potential purchase of another eight F-15 fighters.
The Army’s plans to buy the additional B-2 and B, B-4 and B.1 bombers, as well as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, were among the topics addressed during a Pentagon briefing last week.
The B-3, B.2 and C-2 spy planes were also discussed during the briefing, which also discussed other items including the Army plan to purchase at least two F-16 fighter jets, two Chinook helicopters, and the B.3 transport aircraft.