Lockheed Martin has cleared VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Critical Design Review (CDR), signaling the program is ready to proceed to assembly, test and evaluation.
The joint Sikorsky/Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) VH-92A helicopter program team met in July with key collaborators from government and industry for an in-depth design review, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
Throughout the review the VH-92A program team demonstrated that the design meets the system requirements. Review participants included NAVAIR and industrial partners who took part in the technical presentations.
The U.S. Navy awarded a $1.24 billion Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract with production options to Sikorsky on May 7, 2014, for 21 operational and two test aircraft.
Initial fielding is planned for 2020, with production concluding in 2023. Under the contract, Sikorsky will use its production S-92® aircraft and integrate government defined mission systems and an executive interior.
"This is an important step forward in the replacement of our presidential fleet of helicopters. The successful CDR demonstrates this helicopter system meets the requirements of the USMC and gives them exceptional mission performance from a platform that is affordable and supportable for this important mission," said U.S. Marine Corps Col. Robert Pridgen, program manager for the Naval Air System Command's Presidential Helicopter's Program Office.
Two Engineering Development Model (EDM) aircraft are undergoing the modification process at Sikorsky's Stratford, Conn., location. First flight of a VH-92A configured aircraft is planned for 2017.
The VH-92A will transport the president and vice president of the United States and other officials.
Sikorsky and Babcock Mission Critical Services Ltd signed a 10-year agreement at Farnborough Air Show yesterday to provide Babcock's S-92 helicopter fleet with extended support for its aftermarket material needs. Sikorsky's Total Assurance Program provides Babcock continued aftermarket support to operate its S-92 fleet within a known budget, reducing the risk of unplanned costs
Approved export licenses enable production start of Turkish Utility Helicopter Program (TUHP). Sikorsky is teaming up with the members of the Turkish aerospace industry (TAI) to produce T70 utility helicopters based on multi-role Black Hawk utility aircraft under the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program valued at an approximate $3
Sikorsky will make 109 utility helicopters for the Turkish land, air, gendarmerie and police forces for $3.5 billion along with other domestic contractors
Lockheed Martin has won $8.2 million US Navy contract for avionics work supporting the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Program
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