No Agusta Westland EH-101 Helicopter for the White House ?

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by fantassin, Feb 24, 2009.

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  1. The new president seems to be happy with the old S-61...

    Barack Obama: 'no plans to replace presidental helicopter'
    Tim Reid in Washington

    President Obama declared last night that his current presidential helicopter was “perfectly adequate”, a clear sign that he is ready to cancel a multi-billion pound contract to replace it with an aircraft built partly by the British company Westland.

    In comments that will come as a blow to British industry Mr Obama belittled the idea that he needed a replacement for Marine One, the presidential helicopter.

    “The helicopter we have now seems perfectly adequate to me,” Mr Obama said at a White House summit to discuss reining in government spending. “Obviously, I’ve never had a helicopter before.”

    Mr Obama was answering a question from John McCain, his Republican opponent in the election last year. Expressing great misgivings about the size of the Pentagon budget Mr McCain took aim at one particularly galling example: the cost of replacing Marine One, a contract awarded to the joint British-Italian venture AgustaWestland six years ago.

    Since then the contract for the VH71 helicopter, a 64ft (19 metre) aircraft that is meant to be able to deflect missiles and resist the electro-magnetic effects of a nuclear blast, has almost doubled in price to $11.2 billion (£7.7 billion), from its original price of $6.1 billion.

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  2. Does this mean he won't be getting a double decker Airbus A380 when Air Force One is retired?
  3. Actually, according to this website

    (and a few others...) the A380 cost is in the region of USD 300 million. The unitary cost of the presidential AW 101 is now over USD 400 million....(USD 11.2 Bn for 28 helos, do your maths...).

    So for the price of one AW 101 you can have an A380, spares, crew costs and enough fuel for its entire some change !
  4. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    Ah,but dont forget that,like the AV8A/AV8B US Marine Harrier,the EH-101 for the Pres wont be built or any input allowed from the UK.I remember that in the case of the Harrier,the US wanted complete control over everything to do with it &,after much ho ha from HMG,they backed down.
  5. What??

    $11.2 billion (£7.7 billion) for ONE bird? Or is this plus fixtures and fittings and gucci onboard security systems? That's a lot of money, even in American eyes, for one helicopter.
  6. Its not one helo, its 28 (roughly). Costs are rising as US is making changes, but deciding that they are NOFORN, so the manufacturers don't know whats happening to the airframe, but can't let the US know if its safe or not. Genius!
  7. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    ...but a Blackberry dock should not cost that much surely :?
  8. Edited to remove garbage.