posted on Jan, 28 2005 @ 05:31 PM
The trans-Atlantic team chaired by Lockheed Martin has won the competition to supply the next presidential copter. The Lockheed consortium beat out
Sikorsky, who for the past 50 years has supplied and maintained VH-1. Influential Senator Joe Lieberman, a Democrat has vowed to question the deal.
Sikorsky is based in his home state.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy has chosen a trans-Atlantic team led by Lockheed Martin Corp. to build a new U.S. presidential helicopter fleet
in a deal valued at $1.7 billion.
The surprise decision was a stunning setback for United Technologies Corp.'s Sikorsky Aircraft unit, which for nearly 50 years has built and
maintained the green and white "Marine One" helicopters that fly the president.
Assistant Navy Secretary John Young said the decision came after an "exhaustive and deliberative" search and would ensure a high level of quality
and safety for future presidents.
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Just shows that while U.S. defense markets are open to outside competition, Fortress Europe would have hardly allowed a Sikorsky to ferry around
thier leadership. The United States has all but ceded the civilian rotary aircraft market to Europe. Do not get me wrong, EuroCopter makes excellent
products: The BK-117 that we use for medical transport is an excellent ship (copter types use naval terms, go figure) and the US101 which won the
competition today is also an excellent craft. However, this level of competition simply not allowed to happen in the EU zone. From outright subsidies
to unfair and unethical bidding processes (Ask Pratt and Whitney Canada about the A400), the U.S. needs to evaluate future EADS et al. contracts with
U.S. interests more in mind.
[edit on 1/28/05 by FredT]