Report: Lockheed Under the Gun on VH-71

By James T. McKenna | January 14, 2008
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Lockheed Martin and its partners remain under the gun on their contract to build a new U.S. presidential transport helicopter. The Wall Street Journal reported that the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, John Young, summoned senior Lockheed officials to "an unusual Saturday meeting" Jan. 12. He wanted to discuss the company's efforts to build 28 transports based on AgustaWestland's EH101. Bell Helicopter is to build the aircraft in Hurst, Texas. The original $6.1 billion contract to replace U.S. Marine Corps/Sikorsky Aircraft VH-3Ds is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule. U.S. officials are considering several options, the paper said, including canceling the program and acquiring Sikorsky S-92s as interim airlift capability.  For related news


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