Service Official: Navy To Extend Current Presidential Helo Service Lives

By Zachary M. Peterson / October 9, 2009 at 5:00 AM
The Navy plans to extend the service lives of the current fleet of aging presidential helicopters instead of spending billions to field five of the canceled VH-71 aircraft built by Lockheed Martin, a sea service official tells Inside the Navy . "When the VH-71 contract was terminated in June, the estimated cost to complete development, test and squadron stand-up for the five increment 1 pilot production aircraft was greater than $2 billion," the Navy official, who spoke on the condition...

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