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The Sikorsky VH-92 to become next generation "Marine One"

Sikorsky Aircraft Co. has a long history with the U.S. Department of Defense and the President of the United States. Every U.S. President — starting with Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957 — has flown aboard a Sikorsky helicopter.
 
Whenever the President is aboard one of the current Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King or VH-60N WhiteHawk aircraft, its designation is changed to “Marine One.”
 
Sikorsky will continue to shuttle the President around for the foreseeable future thanks to a new $1.2 billion contract to build the next generation Presidential helicopter fleet. The next generation VH-92, which is a variant of the production Sikorsky S-92A that has been in service since 2004, will “integrate government defined mission systems” and feature “an executive interior” fitting for the President of the United States.

 
“For 57 years, our company has been trusted with the critical responsibility of building and supporting a safe and reliable helicopter fleet for the President of the United States," said Sikorsky President Mick Maurer. "We are proud of our record and the bright future for our company. We stand ready to deliver the next Marine One, the world’s most advanced executive transport helicopter.”
 
Six test aircraft will be produced during the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase, and an additional 17 operational helicopters will be produced. It should be noted, however, that four of the six test VH-92s will be converted to operational duty leaving the U.S. Marine Corps with 21 aircraft at its disposal.

 
The current fleet consists of eight VH-60N (in service since the 1980s) and eleven VH-34 (in service since 1974) helicopters.
 
The VH-92 will first go into service in 2020, or just as the next President of the United States is finishing up his (or her) first term in office.

Sources: NAVAIR News [1], [2], Sikorsky



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I hate to say it but
By FITCamaro on 5/8/2014 12:16:42 PM , Rating: 2
Why exactly do we need new ones?




RE: I hate to say it but
By FITCamaro on 5/8/2014 12:17:39 PM , Rating: 2
Let me expand that.

We need new fighter jets, tankers, transport aircraft(C-17s are already wearing out), and ships.

Why do we need a new Presidential taxi? What's wrong with the old one?


RE: I hate to say it but
By kattanna on 5/8/14, Rating: -1
RE: I hate to say it but
By FITCamaro on 5/8/2014 12:38:40 PM , Rating: 2
The government would collapse before we got there.


RE: I hate to say it but
By stm1185 on 5/8/2014 12:45:16 PM , Rating: 2
I get a new truck every decade, if I had a helicopter, I'd probably replace it similarly.


RE: I hate to say it but
By Jeffk464 on 5/9/2014 5:08:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I get a new truck every decade


Really my tacoma is 7 months short of a decade old and feels the same as when it was new.


RE: I hate to say it but
By kattanna on 5/8/2014 12:55:12 PM , Rating: 2
what.. you dont like the idea on the woman being on top

;>)


RE: I hate to say it but
By Argon18 on 5/8/2014 2:47:19 PM , Rating: 1
" what.. you dont like the idea on the woman being on top"

I hope she runs, because I want to see her fail hard and lose, so I can laugh.

And that has nothing to do with her being a woman; it has to do with her being a clueless has-been, who's been living in a bubble (under 24/7 Secret Service protection) for the past 20 years. She's completely out of touch with the average American.

This is no different from my opinion of Obama. I've no problem with a black man as President. In fact, I rather like the idea. But I want a competent and experienced black man as President. Not a clueless "community organizer" where it's painfully obvious he has never had a single day of executive management experience in his life.


RE: I hate to say it but
By DigitalFreak on 5/8/2014 3:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
Nearly every politician is out of touch with the average American.


RE: I hate to say it but
By Dorkyman on 5/8/2014 6:11:56 PM , Rating: 2
It's a question of degree. No one is quite out of touch as much as the Organizer. Then on top of that, he thinks he walks on water. Not a good combination.


RE: I hate to say it but
By Jeffk464 on 5/8/2014 11:23:34 PM , Rating: 2
Politicians are in touch with their corporate purse strings.


RE: I hate to say it but
By FITCamaro on 5/8/2014 3:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
If Hillary was your wife, would you? *shudder*


RE: I hate to say it but
By StormyKnight on 5/8/2014 11:42:23 PM , Rating: 2
Only if she is hot and knows what she is doing. Hillary does not meet those qualifications or comes close.


RE: I hate to say it but
By BRB29 on 5/9/2014 8:10:46 AM , Rating: 1
Most women are not hot and you simply don't see them because you automatically ignore them when you do. Surveys suggest that less than 4% of women are considered "hot".

Just about every men out there claims they would only do her if she's "hot". Well...I guess the vast majority of men are boning the same 4% of women?


RE: I hate to say it but
By marvdmartian on 5/9/2014 7:36:01 AM , Rating: 2
I doubt Hillary qualifies as a woman, since she would have to be human to do so.

Female? Yes. Human? Probably not!


RE: I hate to say it but
By Samus on 5/9/2014 1:30:19 AM , Rating: 2
Relax, the US Government is like HP. It takes a long time to sink a Titanic. Unless you nail an iceberg and slice a 100m tear along the haul.

I guess that'd be the federal equivalent of Zombies or a nuclear crisis, or the HP equivalent of printers eating their owners or attempting another smartphone only to cancel it 9 months later...


RE: I hate to say it but
By DanNeely on 5/8/2014 12:49:55 PM , Rating: 2
Because helicopters wear out too.


RE: I hate to say it but
By Dorkyman on 5/8/2014 6:14:25 PM , Rating: 2
Not so. Parts wear out, and are periodically replaced. At some point it becomes more cost-effective to scrap the whole thing (think pressurization cycles in commercial jets). I don't think that is the case here.


RE: I hate to say it but
By Flunk on 5/8/2014 12:49:54 PM , Rating: 2
Because aircraft have a specific serviceable lifetime before they need the airframe replaced, engine replaced or other hugely costly repairs. The Canadian coastguard used VH-3D Sea King helicopters heavily until they started to FALL OUT OF THE SKY with frightening regularity. Even with constant sevice, helecopters from 1974 have a lot that can go wrong.

Plus, the USA is not at war with anyone so arguably presidential taxis make more sense than more fighter jets because at least they are going to be used.


RE: I hate to say it but
By hughlle on 5/8/2014 1:05:23 PM , Rating: 1
Goes both ways though. If not at war, then why the need for a 41.2 billion taxi? :) Just stick him in the back of Robinson R44.


RE: I hate to say it but
By Flunk on 5/8/2014 1:47:23 PM , Rating: 2
That's hilarious. Yes, let's do that, make sure to prepare for the day when someone shoots down the President of the USA with a handgun.


RE: I hate to say it but
By thesaxophonist on 5/11/2014 9:52:03 PM , Rating: 2
I'll give you a hundred bucks if you can nail an R44's gas tank from 500 meters with a Beretta M9.


RE: I hate to say it but
By Jeffk464 on 5/8/2014 11:28:42 PM , Rating: 2
You could make the arguement that he should just use the H60 marine one's. Sure you can't stand up but the price is right.


RE: I hate to say it but
By marvdmartian on 5/12/2014 7:23:00 AM , Rating: 3
Sorry....I'm really not seeing the negative, in recent years, with the presidential "taxi" falling out of the sky....

Here's an idea. Instead of giving away MRAP vehicles (that are returning from Afghanistan) to local police forces (who, I'm sure, REALLY have a need for a mine-resistant troop carrier, right?), we turn a few of them into new presidential people carriers. That way, we can replace the overpriced limos AND helicopters with super-limos!

And hey...if they were good enough for our troops to ride in, they're good enough for their commander in chief, right?


RE: I hate to say it but
By GotThumbs on 5/8/2014 2:19:28 PM , Rating: 2
Add the new POTUS vehicle.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/12/new-presi...

17.5 Trillion dollars and climbing...

Do we really have to wonder why?


RE: I hate to say it but
By BillyBatson on 5/8/2014 2:20:50 PM , Rating: 3
I served in the USAF as a jet engine mechanic on the MH-53 Pave Low made by Sikorsky. These birds can take a ridiculous amount of wear and abuse however they can be very fickle as well where the smallest thing can ground them for hours, days, or weeks. As time goes on you replace more and more of the aircraft; the engines only have a certain serviceable life span before they get replaced (that time is shortened is flying in desert sand conditions or cold climate conditions, the structural integrity starts to fail and when you keep repairing it in these obvious stress locations and strengthen them you actually weaken other parts of the aircraft that will become less and less predictable as time goes on, the older the aircraft the longer it stays grounded for repairs over time, and though maintenance costs decrease once aircraft are in full production at the end-of-life portion if their service parts increase in cost again as fewer parts are made in an effort to phase out a model or push customers to new models and all military helicopters introduced into service before the 1990's are all being phased out.
30-40 year old helicopters are just too old to be safe especially enough for a president to be taxied in.


RE: I hate to say it but
By FITCamaro on 5/8/14, Rating: 0
RE: I hate to say it but
By BillyBatson on 5/8/2014 7:11:50 PM , Rating: 2
haha I will keep that in mind :) .


RE: I hate to say it but
By Jeffk464 on 5/8/2014 11:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
Hurlburt? maybe 98-2004


RE: I hate to say it but
By BillyBatson on 5/10/2014 11:47:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yes Hurlburt, 2002-2005


RE: I hate to say it but
By Jeffk464 on 5/8/2014 10:43:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why exactly do we need new ones?


The current marine one helicopters were incredibly well designed and have an outstanding maintenance and safety record but they are antiques.


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