Close sidebar

Presidential helicopter gets reprieve

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 15, 2009

The VH-71 US Presidential Helicopter program has been allocated US$100m (A$109m) in funding despite a decision by the Obama administration to cancel the program due to huge cost overruns.

The funding will see work continue on the aircraft’s mission systems and will allow the EH101-based Lockheed Martin/AgustaWestland VH-71 to remain a viable contender for any follow-on competition that may occur.

The program was previously cancelled by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates after costs nearly doubled to US$13bn (A$14.2bn) for just 28 aircraft.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Sign up to our digital magazine before 30 June and receive a FREE print edition. Starting at just $99.95 a year, you will get the latest news and insights direct to you, including Australia’s most popular print magazine since 1977. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

Each day, our subscribers are more informed with the right information.

SIGN UP to the Australian Aviation magazine for high-quality news and features for just $99.95 per year