New Pres­i­den­tial he­li­copters get go-ahead

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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

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