Tue, Apr 20, 2010
Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin Join Up To Bid For The VXX
Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin announced the signing of a teaming
agreement Monday to compete jointly for the U.S. Navy's revived VXX
Presidential Helicopter program.
The agreement formally positions global helicopter manufacturer
Sikorsky as the prime contractor offering its H-92 medium-lift
helicopter for the presidential transport mission with Lockheed
Martin, a leading rotary wing systems integrator, as the major
Additionally, the two companies jointly submitted a response today
to the U.S. Navy's VXX request for information. The document
details how a Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin team would design and
manufacture the H-92 helicopter with integrated systems for the
"Marine One" mission.
"We're thrilled to team with Lockheed Martin to provide
taxpayers and the U.S. government with a common sense solution for
the next presidential aircraft both in terms of economy and
technology," said Scott Starrett, president of Sikorsky Military
Systems. "For nearly four decades, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin
have teamed successfully to produce Naval Hawk helicopters, so we
have a proven and formidable track record as a
"Our VXX teaming agreement builds on an existing and highly
successful 38-year relationship between Lockheed Martin and
Sikorsky," said Dan Spoor, Aviation Systems vice president at
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors in Owego, N.Y.
"Formally combining Sikorsky's success building and supporting the
Marine One fleet with our understanding of the systems
integration requirements will allow our team to offer a low-risk
transport solution to the Office of the President."
H-92 File Photo
In addition to the VXX teaming agreement, Sikorsky and Lockheed
Martin also have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore
business opportunities involving other Sikorsky programs.
The companies have extensive experience working together during
four decades developing, delivering and supporting 400 operational
SH-60B and MH-60R/S maritime helicopters to the U.S. Navy.
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