Sikorsky S-92 Helicopters Chosen for President's New Marine One Fleet

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Thursday, 08 May 2014 04:20 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Sikorsky Aircraft will design and build six new S-92 aircraft to be used as U.S. presidential helicopters, the first move toward replacing the older Marine One helicopters that currently carry the president and other top leaders.

The six helicopters are the first step in building a presidential fleet of 21 helicopters by 2023, Reuters said. Some of the helicopters currently in the fleet were built by Sikorsky in 1974.

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The company received a $1.24 billion contract to “modify, test and deliver six FAA certified S-92® helicopters and two trainer simulators to the U.S. Marine Corps,” a Sikorsky release said.

“We are honored by this news and the vote of confidence in the Sikorsky team and the proven S-92 platform,” said Sikorsky president Mick Maurer in the release. “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. We are proud of our record and the bright future for our company. We stand ready to deliver the next Marine One, the world’s most advanced executive transport helicopter.”

Two of the six helicopters will be designated Engineering Development Models, which means they will be used for testing the flight performance and mission communication system capabilities, the Sikorsky release said. Those two will be delivered during 2018, and the remaining four aircraft that will be used in the fleet will be delivered after that time.

Sikorsky said the Navy is expected to place orders for the first of three lots of 17 production aircraft by early 2019, and the company expects to complete delivery of those by 2023. Reuters said the total value of the new fleet and simulators is expected to be around $3 billion.

Lockheed will be the key subcontractor to Sikorsky on the new fleet, Reuters said.

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