Fri, Jan 28, 2005
Sikorsky Aircraft issued the following statement following
their loss of the 'Marine one' VXX contract to Lockheed....
Corporation received word today that its H-92 helicopter was not
selected as the next Marine One helicopter. The company anticipates
a full debrief on the Navy's evaluation and analysis.
"Sikorsky and our All-American supplier team are disappointed
with this outcome. We're honored to have flown U.S. Presidents for
nearly half a century and believe we put forward an exceptionally
strong proposal to continue this tradition," said Stephen N.
Finger, president of Sikorsky Aircraft. "I want to extend my
sincere thanks to all who worked so diligently. Everyone at
Sikorsky Aircraft, as well as our partner companies across the
country, should be proud of their efforts.
"I am confident in the future of the S-92," Mr. Finger added.
"Sikorsky is a growing company committed to providing our customers
with outstanding quality and value. We are focused on doubling our
business by 2008, with a portfolio of products and aftermarket
services for military and commercial customers worldwide. We
anticipate achieving this goal even absent the VXX."
Published data shows that the S-92, the baseline version of the
H-92, flies farther, flies faster and carries more than the EH-101.
Independent data confirms that the S-92 is lower in cost and costs
less to operate.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation
Safety Agency have certified the S-92 to a higher standard of
safety than virtually every helicopter flying today, including the
EH-101. Furthermore, since certification in December 2002, the S-92
and H-92 have won every other competition against the EH-101,
including selection by the governments of Canada, Turkey, and
Turkmenistan; Gulf Helicopters in Qatar; and CHC, the world's
largest offshore oil operator.
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