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Sikorsky may win presidential helicopter by default

1st August 2013 - 15:21 GMT | by Jonathan Tringham in London

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All but one of the three major industry teams expected to compete for the US VXX Helicopter Replacement Program have dropped out, blaming anti-competitive requirements.

AgustaWestland and Bell-Boeing both announced their withdrawal from the Marine One tender in the final week for submissions, claiming the bid requirements stipulated by the US Navy effectively prevented them from competing.

AgustaWestland, along with Northrop Grumman, had planned to submit a version of its AW101 helicopter, while Boeing was looking to offer either the V-22 tilt-rotor or its CH-47 Chinook.  

Sikorsky was the original manufacturer of the Marine One VH-60N and VH-3D, and

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