The U.S. Navy announced that Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has been chosen to construct the next fleet of Marine One helicopters for the Office of the President.
With the selection comes a $1.24 billion Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract to test, modify, and deliver six Federal Aviation Administration-certified S-92 helicopters and two trainer simulators to the U.S. Marine Corps. Covering a period of performance into 2020, the fixed-cost incentive firm contract is the first step to giving, by 2023, a VXX Presidential Helicopter Replacement fleet totalling 21 operational aircraft.
Mick Maurer, president of Sikorsky said, We are honored by this news and the vote of confidence in the Sikorsky team and the proven S-92 platform. For 57 years, our company has been trusted with the critical responsibility of building and supporting a safe and reliable helicopter fleet for the president of the United States. We are proud of our record and the bright future for our company. We stand ready to deliver the next Marine One, the world s most advanced executive transport helicopter.