US helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of Lockheed Martin, will build six more VH-92A Presidential Helicopters under a US Navy contract worth US $ 470.8 million.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense contract announcements, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. an amendment to a previous Naval Air Systems Command contract for exercise options for the procurement of five lot three Presidential Helicopters Replacement Program (VH-92A) aircraft and associated interim contractor support, two cabin interior reconfiguration kits, support equipment, initial Spare parts and refilling of system parts.
Under the terms of the contract, known as LRIP (Low Rate Initial Production) Lot 1, Sikorsky will begin delivering six VH-92A helicopters in 2021. The remaining production aircraft will be delivered in 2022 and 2023. The contract also provides for spare parts and spare parts before training support.
The VH-92A will carry the President and Vice President of the United States and other officials.
The new aircraft will increase performance and payload over the current VH-3D and VH-60N presidential helicopters, which have been in service for over 40 years. The VH-92A offers improved coordination systems and communication functions for the crew as well as improved availability and maintainability.
The VH-92A aircraft is based on Sikorsky’s successful and FAA-certified S-92A airliner, which recently exceeded one million flight hours.