Siko­rsky wins US Navy deal for Pres­i­dent’s Ma­rine One he­li­copters

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Siko­rsky Air­craft, a unit of United Tech­nolo­gies Corp, won an ini­tial $1.24 bil­lion con­tract to de­velop and build six new US Pres­i­den­tial he­li­copters, the first step to­wards a fleet of 21 new air­craft by 2023, the Pen­tagon an­nounced.

The award capped years of ef­forts by the US Navy to re­place the cur­rent fleet of age­ing Ma­rine One he­li­copters, also built by Siko­rsky, some of which have fer­ried the Pres­i­dent and other top of­fi­cials since 1974. Siko­rsky has built all Pres­i­den­tial he­li­cop- ters since 1957, when Dwight Eisen­hower be­came the first US Pres­i­dent to reg­u­larly use he­li­copters.

The to­tal value of the new pro­gramme is ex­pected to be about $3 bil­lion, said Marty Hauser, Di­rec­tor of Govern­ment Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for United Tech­nolo­gies. Lock­heed will be the key sub­con­trac­tor to Siko­rsky on the new pro­gramme, which is based on the Siko­rsky S-92 he­li­copter that is al­ready used by 10 na­tions for their head of state mis­sions.

“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,” Siko­rsky Pres­i­dent Mick Mau­rer said in a state­ment. “We stand ready to deliver the next Ma­rine One, the world’s most ad­vanced ex­ec­u­tive trans­port he­li­copter.”

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