Monday, June 1, 2009

Pentagon: Navy Terminates Contract for VH-71 Presidential Helicopter

News in Balance

News in Balance:

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2009 -- The following news release made available Monday by the U.S. Department of Defense is the text of a statement regarding the termination of the contract for the VH-71 presidential helicopter:
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.

The VH-71 was intended to replace both the VH-3D and VH-60N aircraft currently used to conduct presidential support missions.

Navy contract N00019-05-C-0030 and associated work with Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego (LMSI-O), Owego, N.Y., awarded Jan. 28, 2005, for the SDD of the VH-71 program, has been terminated for the convenience of the government.

The under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics issued a VH-71 program acquisition decision memorandum on May 15, 2009, which directed the program be cancelled, to include both Increment 1 and Increment 2.
(Report from a U.S. Defense Department news release.)

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