First Pres­i­den­tial Siko­rsky VH-92A flies

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On 28 July a Siko­rsky Vh-92a-con­fig­ured test air­frame (En­gi­neer­ing Devel­op­ment Model 1, or EDM-1) flew in sup­port of the US Marine Corps’ VH-92A Pres­i­den­tial He­li­copter Re­place­ment Pro­gramme. The flight launched the start of the 250-hour flight test pro­gramme, which will take place at par­ent com­pany Lock­heed Martin fa­cil­i­ties in Owego, New York. This he­li­copter will be joined by EDM-2 later this year.

In 2014 the US Navy awarded Siko­rsky a $1.24 bil­lion fixed-price in­cen­tive En­gi­neer­ing and Man­u­fac­tur­ing Devel­op­ment (EMD) con­tract to pro­duce two test air­craft and four pro­duc­tion VH-92AS. Pro­duc­tion options for the re­main­ing sev­en­teen air­craft will be fi­nalised in 2019, and the VH-92A will en­ter ser­vice in 2020.

Trump this — or maybe by 2020 not (Couldn’t re­sist it — Ed)

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