Navy considering proposal for 17 presidential helicopters

Four years into a $1.2 billion development contract for the new VH-92A presidential helicopter, the Navy has flown two initial test aircraft and is considering a proposal to acquire a full fleet of the new presidential helicopters.

That’s according to Col. Eric J. Ropella, who became the new Marine Corps program manager for the Presidential Helicopters Program on March 22. Ropella provided an update on the program April 9 during the first day of the 2018 Sea Air Space Exposition.

The most notable recent news, according to Ropella, was the flying of the Navy’s first two VH-92A test aircraft, engineering development models (EDMs) 1 and 2, last July and November, respectively. The aircraft are now in a Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, New York, for painting and interior installation.

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