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Subject: Lockheed Martin Wins Contract for Presidential Helicopter
 
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01/28/2005 8:27 PM  
Lockheed Martin Wins Contract for Presidential Helicopter Long-time Contractor Sikorsky Loses Bid Distribution Source : PRNewswire Date : Friday - January 28, 2005 WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today applauded the decision by the Department of Defense (DOD) to award Lockheed Martin the $1.6 billion Navy contract to deliver the next generation of presidential helicopters. The winning bid means Sikorsky, a company with a checkered history that has supplied presidential helicopters without competition since the Eisenhower presidency, will be replaced. "Today taxpayers avoided what could have been another helicopter sinkhole had Sikorsky won the contract," CAGW President Tom Schatz said. "Twenty years ago, Sikorsky's Comanche seemingly had it all: dazzling graphics, wide political support and great promise. However, the helicopter never materialized; $8 billion later, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld mercifully discontinued the project in February, 2004." Sikorsky's bid for the Marine One contract was riddled with red flags signaling the strong possibility of another Comanche-style disaster. Sikorsky proposed a Marine One fleet based on its S-92 commercial helicopter. The first S-92 helicopter promised in July 2001 was not actually available until late 2004, three years behind schedule. Furthermore, Sikorsky admitted that the modifications for the proposed presidential version were still in the "development phase." "Thankfully, DOD learned its lesson and chose not to head down the same expensive and ultimately fruitless road it took back in 1985," Schatz continued. The long-postponed debate between the two contractors was often clouded by Washington spin. Sikorsky draped its contract bid with American flags, insinuating that Lockheed presented a less "American" choice. The Lockheed team includes some foreign owned companies, but the vast majority of manufacturing will still be done by American workers with American parts. Some members of Congress with a parochial interest in supporting Sikorsky have suggested introducing legislation to overturn the decision. "Congress must stay out of this," Schatz said. "DOD showed common sense by choosing a contractor that is expected to stay on budget and on schedule. With a record $427 billion budget deficit predicted for fiscal 2005, taxpayers deserve to have costs stay on the ground." Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.
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01/29/2005 10:42 PM  
I think that the US-101 will make a good Marine 1 vehicle, all politics aside. But the common thought on the street is that the VXX winner would also be the choice for the Interim Personnel Recovery Vehicle (I-PRV) and replace the USAF's HH-60G in the CSAR role. I would like to see the performance specs for a mission loaded 101 in the hot and high environment.
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01/30/2005 5:37 PM  
That's fine with me as long as is doen't say"Made in China" when you look underneath.
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