Sikorsky to Build 6 Additional Presidential VH-92A Helicopters
11:55 AM, February 21, 2020
The US Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky a contract to build six VH-92A Presidential Helicopters.
These helicopters are part of the 23 aircraft program of record for the US Marine Corps.
Under the terms of the contract, known as Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot II, Sikorsky will begin deliveries of six VH-92A helicopters in 2022. The remaining production aircraft will be delivered in 2022 and 2023, the company said in a statement Thursday.
Sikorsky has transferred five VH-92A helicopters into government test with the sixth completing modification and entering into government test this spring. The VH-92A program is on track to enter Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) later this year.
All six of the production aircraft from the first Low Rate Initial Production contract are undergoing modifications at Sikorsky's Stratford, Connecticut plant and are on schedule to begin deliveries in 2021.
Sikorsky and the US Navy integrate mature mission and communication systems into the aircraft. This aircraft provides communication capability to perform the duties of Commander in Chief, Head of State and Chief Executive.
The VH-92A aircraft will provide safe, reliable and capable transportation for the President and Vice President.
This program ensures long term affordability and maintainability by utilizing the FAA certified S-92 aircraft which has industry leading reliability and availability. The S-92 fleet surpassed 1.5 million flight hours in 2019 and averages 14,400 hours of safe flight per month.