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US Navy awards $471 million contract for 6 new ‘Marine One’ White House helicopters

180922-M-ZY870-531 WASHINGTON (Sept. 22, 2018) Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1 conducts test flights of the new VH-92A helicopter over the South Lawn of the White House, Sept. 22, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Hunter Helis/Released)
February 21, 2020

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky a follow-on contract for $471 million to build six new helicopters for the White House, part of a fleet planned to total 23 aircraft to carry the president and other staff.

The VH-92A is derived from the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter design, and will replace VH-3D Sea King and VH-60N White Hawk helicopters currently used for Marine One transport.

Half the work will occur at Sikorsky’s headquarters plant in Stratford, with the rest occurring mostly at a plant in Coatesville, Pa.

Sikorsky has built six VH-92A helicopters to date, five of which have undergone more than 1,000 flight test hours in Maryland.

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