Sikorsky Wins $1.2B Contract for Next Generation Presidential “Marine One“ Helicopter
May 8, 2014 11:20 AM
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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
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.
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