Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a division of Lockheed Martin Co., is awarded a contract modification, worth around $19.2 million, in support of the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter program.
This modification exercises initial spares and system parts replenishment options for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VH-92A) under the low rate initial production (LRIP) Lot II.
Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds for the modification amount will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is the contracting activity.
The contract work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut (67.61%); Phoenix, Arizona (7.71%); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (5.22%); Rockmart, Georgia (3.89%); Hialeah, Florida (2.93%); Farmingdale, New York (2.44%); Tempe, Arizona (2.27%); Torrance, California (2.01%); Tucson, Arizona (1.67%); Johnston, Pennsylvania (1.54%); Erie, Pennsylvania (1.41%); and Hayward, California (1.3%). Work is expected to be complete by June 2022.
Sikorsky VH-92A Presidential Helicopter
The Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin VH-92 is a dual-piloted, twin-engine helicopter under development to replace the U.S. Marine Corps’ Marine One U.S. Presidential transport fleet.
The new VH-92A helicopter will replace the current Marine Corps fleet of VH-3D Sea King (a variant of Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King) and VH-60N White Hawk (a variant of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk) helicopters flown by the Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) to perform the presidential airlift mission. Both helicopters, which have been serving over 40 years, are called “White Tops” because of their livery.
The VH-92A is based on Sikorsky’s successful and FAA-certified S-92A commercial helicopter, which surpassed 1.5 million flight hours in 2019 and averages 14,400 hours of safe flight per month. The S-92A aircraft, assembled in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, is modified to include the integration of government-defined missions systems and an executive interior.
The new helicopter will increase performance and payload over the current Presidential helicopters. The VH-92A will also provide enhanced crew coordination systems and communications capabilities, plus improve availability and maintainability.
The VH-92A will be capable of operating worldwide in day, night, or adverse weather conditions. The helicopter will be air-transportable to remote locations via a single U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft.
The U.S. Navy awarded a $1.24 billion fixed-price incentive Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract with production options to Sikorsky on May 7, 2014. The EMD contract called for the production of a total of six VH-92A aircraft: two test aircraft and four production aircraft.
In 2016, the design passed its critical design review, clearing it for production.
The first flight of a VH-92A configured test aircraft was performed on July 28, 2018. The NAVAIR took delivery of the first aircraft from Sikorsky, a division of Lockheed Martin, in August that year.
A developmental VH-92A helicopter conducted landing and take-off test at the White House South Lawn for the first time on Sep. 22, 2018.
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.
The VH-92A test aircraft at Patuxent River, Maryland, have proven their production readiness by undergoing rigorous U.S. government testing and operational assessments, including more than 1,000 flight test hours establishing the aircraft’s technical maturity and readiness of its mission systems.