It will either be made by Sikorsky or Lockheed.
Who do you think will win the bid?
and do you think this helo may have somesort of an rpg or heatseaker defense? Since terrorism threats are rising, it would only make sense that they
would equip it with some sort of defensive weapon. Though I doubt any offensive.
Heres a pic of the current Presidential Helo. "Marine One" (showing its age)
The Lockheed proposal is called "US101", which has proven itself to helo pilots and has more then 55,000 hours under its belt, and by the time it
goes "Presidential" in 2008 it will have over double the hours. This is "My Pick" for the winner, because its combat proven, has 3 engines so it
will still be able to fly normaly with two, its easily transportable in a C-5 of C-17, its tail folds to take up less room in the plane, and since its
all ready built it wont take as much money as one that needs to be designed from the ground up.
The other is Sikorsky's VH-92, they are currently bringing it to different locations giving important people rides so they can "win them over", the
VH-92 presidential demonstrator does have a good look to it though. Sikorsky admits that it will take more time to make it compared to the Lockheed
US101, but there "thing" that they hope will get them the contract is Saftey and all American.(they mention that because Lockheeds will be 65% US
It certainly looks comfy, I would love to have a window seat on that!
I think Lockheed will win based only
on Money &
.(which is less in both categories)
I like both helicopter designs, and all I can say is "it's about time" that the current presidential fleet be retired.
What do you think of the helos? Who will win? What kind of tech will be on them?
[edit on 8-12-2004 by Murcielago]