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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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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?

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