VH-92A passes critical design review
The VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement programme has successfully completed its critical design review (CDR), Lockheed Martin announced on 28 July.
Passing the in-depth design review indicates that the programme is ready to proceed to assembly, test and evaluation.
Sikorsky is developing the VH-92A under a $1.24 billion fixed-price incentive Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract awarded by the US Navy in 2014.
The helicopter is due for initial fielding in 2020 with production concluding in 2023.
The VH-92A is an S-92 aircraft with integrated government defined mission systems and an executive interior. It will transport the US President and other senior VIPs.
Two engineering development model aircraft are currently undergoing the modification process. The first flight of a VH-92A configured aircraft is planned for 2017.
Spencer Elani, Sikorsky director, VH-92A helicopter program, said: ‘This milestone is an important achievement for our programme and demonstrates Sikorsky and NAVAIR are well aligned. We got here by completing several milestones on or ahead of schedule. We are committed to staying on that track as we head into the building phase of the programme.’
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