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Navy Terminates Contract for VH-71 Presidential Helicopter

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posted on Jun, 2 2009 @ 12:05 PM
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The Navy today announced that it will terminate the VH-71 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) program contract. The announcement follows a Department of Defense (DoD) decision to cancel the existing presidential helicopter replacement program.



knew this would happen - after once again lockheed totally fecked it up - westland delivered the aircraft ontime within budget - lockheed then trippled the price!

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posted on Jun, 2 2009 @ 12:42 PM
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Originally posted by Harlequin
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knew this would happen - after once again lockheed totally fecked it up - westland delivered the aircraft ontime within budget - lockheed then trippled the price!


It had nothing to do with Lockheed, the customer changed the requirements and abilities drastically after the contract was issued - thats why the costs ballooned.



The aircraft was marketed as a relatively simple adaptation of the successful EH101 helicopter. However, new requirements imposed on the programme after contract award forced the USN to launch a major re-design.


www.flightglobal.com...

For once, this doesn't look like a contractor screwup, but the ultimate customer wanting more capability and not wanting to pay for it. Happens all the time in my industry - feature creep.



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