Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:36 PM
unhappycamper (60,364 posts)
The Last Time We Tried This We Ended Up Selling Them For Scrap
New U.S. Presidential Helicopter Program Kicks Off
Nov. 23, 2012 - 05:06PM |
By CHRISTOPHER P. CAVAS
The aim, according to the request, is to acquire up to 23 operational helicopters, the first of which is to enter service in 2020. The Navy is seeking a proven design as the basis for the VXX.
The last time we tried this:
AW101 undergoing VH-71 testing near the Lockheed facility in Owego, New York
The Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel is a variant of the AgustaWestland AW101 (formerly EH101), that was being developed to replace the United States Marine Corps' Marine One U.S. Presidential transport fleet. It was being produced by the Lockheed Martin–led "US101 Team" of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego (LMSI), AgustaWestland and Bell Helicopter.
In February 2009, President Barack Obama asked Secretary of Defense Robert Gates about placing the project on hold or canceling it because of its high cost; over $13 billion for the planned 28 helicopters. In June 2009, the U.S. Navy terminated the contract and said remaining funds would be spent to upgrade to the existing Presidential fleet of VH-3D and VH-60N helicopters. The VH-71 helicopters were then sold to Canada to use as spare parts for its fleet of AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopter.
Canada bought all nine ( http://www.defencetalk.com/vh-71-us-presidential-helicopter-delivered-18283 ) of these bad boys for around $164 million US dollars ( http://defensetech.org/2011/06/28/fire-sale-canada-buys-marine-one-choppers/ ).
on edit: to correct header
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