New Presidential helicopters get go-ahead
Sikorsky has been awarded a $542 million Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract to build six VH-92A Presidential helicopters and will begin deliveries in 2021, with completion scheduled for 2023. They are part of a 23-aircraft programme for the US Marine Corps. They will follow the three VH-92AS previously delivered to Naval Air Systems Command for tests, which have flown more than 520 hours, including landing on the White House South Lawn on 14 June, when a VH-92A was inspected by President Trump. He did not fly in it, though the First Lady had previously ridden in one. The six VH-92AS will replace Sea King-based VH-3DS, some of which have been in service for more than forty years, and VH-60N White Hawks. They will be flown by Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), which operates the Presidential helicopter fleet.
VH-92AS replace Sea King-based VH3DS