Nov. 30 (UPI) — The Department of Defense has awarded a contract to Sikorsky Aircraft for upgrades to the helicopters utilized by Marine Helicopter Squadron One — whose most renowned passenger is the President of the United States.
The deal, introduced Wednesday through the U.S. Navy, is price greater than $15 million beneath a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee transport order contract, which modifies the former phrases of an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for govt helicopter particular modern plane transform.
The govt helicopter program flies two varieties of rotorcraft — the VH-Three-D Sea King and VH-60N White Hawk.
The VH-Three-D Sea King, maximum recognized with for sporting American presidents, was once presented greater than 4 many years in the past. Operated through a group of 4, the Sea King is just about 75 toes lengthy and will have compatibility 12 passengers in its 200-square-foot inner area.
When flying with the president aboard, the helicopter is referred to as Marine One and is accompanied through one or two different plane from the fleet to function decoys and coverage. When sporting the vice chairman, it’s known as Marine Two.
Marine Helicopter Squadron One’s fleet may be used to hold heads of states and Pentagon officers, amongst others.
Recently, at President Donald Trump’s golfing membership in Mar-a-Lago, Fla., a helipad was once built at the again garden of the property so Marine One can land safely.
Officials say the changed contract will come with safety, mission engineering, built-in logistics make stronger, in addition to different sustainment merchandise.
Work at the contract shall be carried out in Connecticut and Virginia, and is anticipated to be whole in November 2018.
U.S. Navy fiscal 2018 operations and upkeep finances of greater than $nine.eight million has been obligated to Sikorsky on the time of award, and can expire on the finish of the present fiscal yr.