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by Fairfield County Business Journal
by FCBJ

Sikorsky snags $542M contract for six presidential helicopters

The VH-92A helicopter on the south lawn of The White House in September 2018. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Sikorsky has received a three-year, $542 million contract from the U.S. Navy to build six VH-92A presidential transport helicopters.

Under the terms of the contract, known as Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 1, Sikorsky will begin deliveries of the six helicopters in 2021. The helicopters are part of a 23 aircraft program of record for the U.S. Marine Corps, and the remaining aircraft will be delivered in 2022 and 2023. Sikorsky’s contract also provides spares and training support.

The production of the helicopters will be spread across facilities in five states, with 50% of the work to be performed in the company’s plant in Stratford. The VH-92A aircraft will provide transportation for the president, vice president and foreign heads of state.

“This production decision validates the modifications to Sikorsky’s most successful commercial helicopter making it capable to transport the President of the United States at anytime, anywhere around the world,” said Dave Banquer, Sikorsky VH-92A program director.
“Sikorsky has been building and providing helicopter transportation for every U.S. President and commander in chief since Dwight D. Eisenhower. We are excited to build the next generation of transport with the VH-92A helicopter.”