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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