Presenting The President's New $1.2 Billion Helicopter

Tyler Durden's picture

Today was a good day for United Technologies: its subsidiary Sikorsky Aircraft Corp was awarded a $1.2 billion contract by the Naval Air Systems Command to build the VXX: also known as the new Presidential Helicopter. Initial fielding is planned for 2020, with production concluding in 2023.

From the press release:

The $1,244,677,064 fixed-price incentive engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract, with production options, culminates a full and open competition to contract for integration of mature mission systems into an existing in-production aircraft in order to minimize the cost of developing and testing a new design.


“Throughout the entire proposal process, we emphasized cost as well as technical performance,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Dean Peters, program manager for NAVAIR’s Presidential Helicopters Program Office. “Our contract objectives are directly tied to mission requirements and long-term sustainability. We are committed to a cost-effective acquisition strategy and prudent use of existing technology. Sikorsky’s proposal adequately supports this commitment and together we will efficiently deliver the next Presidential helicopter fleet in an affordable and timely manner.”

Hopefully $1.2 billion at least buys the president an ejection seat. Because truly the one thing that is preventing the president from doing his duties is being able to fly from point A to point B in a new, improved and far spiffier helicopter. And by point we of course mean "golf course."

Under the EMD contract, Sikorsky will provide six test aircraft, four of which will become operational assets. Production options will result in production of an additional 17 operational aircraft.

How was Sikorsky picked?

Following extensive market research, a draft VXX Request for Proposal (RFP) was released Nov. 23, 2012 to provide industry an advance opportunity to review program strategy and requirements, as well as provide an opportunity to give feedback on requirements clarity and potential drivers of cost and schedule to help the government further refine the final RFP prior to release. The final RFP was released on May 2, 2013, in support of a full and open competition.


The Navy used this process to select a prime contractor that could best integrate mature, government-defined mission systems into an in-production air vehicle, and accomplish the efforts in an affordable and timely manner.

But wait a minute: surely the US government could have wasted, or as it is better known in the Keynesian religion - grown the economy - far more than a measly $1.2 billion to pimp the ObamaCopter? Well, it did.

A previous effort to replace these aircraft, the VH-71 program, was initiated in 2003.  This program was terminated in 2009 due to extensive cost and schedule growth.

In other words, some time over the next decade, when the prevailing technology du jour has drastically changed from what is trendy today, this too contract will be scrapped as the proposed design becomes obsolete, but not before even more billions in cost overruns, when yet another contract will be awarded to someone else as the taxpayer-funded spending spree to benefit the MIC continues. In the meantime, however, UTX shareholders are happy.

Finally, this is what the ObamaCopter would look like if it were to be used today.

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Slave's picture

Complete with built-in buttplugs!

y3maxx's picture

...Is this Press Release meant to be interpreted that President HalfrObama will remain Dictator thru 2026?

food for thought

NoDebt's picture

Nothing is too good for His Majesty.

The Chinese and Russians already have the design specs and Cad-Cam blueprints.  You can bank on that.

john39's picture

Air wolf cost a fraction of that flying coffin... 

JackT's picture

So there will be at least a 2023? That's good right?

knukles's picture

Where'd the Twin Towers go in that last photo?

Soul Glow's picture

It will be a Bush who first flies in that helicopter.  Angel is next!

SafelyGraze's picture

this helicopter will be a welcome addition to the transportation and search-and-rescue capabilities of fire departments in every rural area of the country

maybe would be better if it came equipped with a re-education facility onboard


svayambhu108's picture

A lot of paper on that junk!

MeMadMax's picture

That $1.2 billion would've created 24,000 jobs at $50,000 dollars for a year if used "properly"...


Instead, it MIGHT create 100 more jobs since they are using a airframe that is already designed and built...


All for his majesty, the Boy King...



Cap Matifou's picture

The next vile and treacherous President Logan is happily waiting his new toy.

"It's good to be back in the game, even if it's through the rear entrance." – Charles Logan

TruthInSunshine's picture

Does it have a Reggie Love spec'd massage table on board?

mvsjcl's picture

Looks like they got the colors reversed on the paint job. To better camouflage the craft, it seems to me that the green should be on top, so that it would tend to blend into the vegetation when viewed by aircraft above, and the white should be on the bottom, so to a viewer standing on the ground it would blend into the background of chemtrails.  

zerozulu's picture

In 2023 I see Washington state and Texas fighting over its possession.

Hobbleknee's picture

Remember when Ross Perot ran for president, and he said he wouldn't uses taxes for Air Force 1 and Secret Service because he already had his own plane and security?

BigJim's picture

$1.2B is a tiny price to pay for the safety and comfort of His Imperial Majesty!

And I'm sure I speak for all on ZeroHedge, when I say we would joyfully flay our first-born sons to supply the seat leather that supports the royal Buttocks.

Rusty Shorts's picture

...Washington D.C.'s original name was Rome, Maryland, and a branch of the Potomac River was called Tiber Creek, which was named after the Tiber river in Rome. Like Rome, Washington D.C. has 7 hills, whose names are: Capitol Hill, Meridian Hill, Floral Hills, Forest Hills, Hillbrook, Hillcrest, and Knox Hill."


 - In an old volume of precious records at Annapolis, Liber 6, folio 318: June 5th, 1663, Lyd out for Francis Pope of this Province, Gent., a parcel of land in Charles County called Rome, lying on the East side of the Anacostian River (4) [meaning here, the main channel of the Potomac], beginning at a marked oak standing by the River side...

Drachma's picture

In respect of the tidbit you've laid out for those who are awake, I will only add that Washington D.C. and Winnepeg, Manitoba (The Center of North America) are connected.

mccvilb's picture

How ironic. Igor was Ukrainian - born in Kiev.

Never One Roach's picture

"Each helicopter inscribed on the side in bold lettering the Nobel Peace Prize Logo, 'Pro pace et fraternitate gentium.'"


mccvilb's picture

WB7, the Nobel Peace Prize Medallion begs your attention. Time to apply a little creative artistic license to the three dudes on the back of it.

NoDebt's picture

+1 for the Air Wolf reference.  Where is Steingfellow Hawke when you need him?  Hanging out in the desert with Ernest Borgnine and playing the cello, unfortunately.


willwork4food's picture

I'd say the powers that be are getting a little..shall we say, nervous? Assholes.

EscapingProgress's picture

There won't be an American president in 2023.

lakecity55's picture

No, he will be Russian or Chinese.

Forward, Bath House!

McMolotov's picture

The office of the president will be replaced by the office of Der Führer by then.

Harbanger's picture

We have Der Führer now, he may be a puppet, but how else would you describe the fascist state we live in.  Naturally, we under-estimate the backlash.

N2OJoe's picture

Perhaps Hitlery may be our Democratically elected Der Führer by that time.

Wow does History rhyme or what?

Slave's picture

There isn't an American president today.

A Nanny Moose's picture

"President o what?" - Snake Plissken.

NoDebt's picture

"Nervous" is the last emotion I would ascribe to them.  Supremely confident and self-assured is more like it.

john39's picture

"But the Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious. When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys..."

and we all know how that one turned out.

IridiumRebel's picture

You ought to see the blueprint for the doomsday golfcart....

RafterManFMJ's picture

It's really disgusting they couldn't get the cost of the thing up to, say, 500 billion dollars. I mean, why not? Spending, goood!

1.2 Billion to protect The 0Blam0? Is he really that precious, that irreplaceable? You could pick a name at random out of a phone book and he'd do a better job...

What a fucking joke. And the joke's on us. 

FreedomGuy's picture

It's not like it's real money. The Fed just prints up a new balance sheet that comes out to zero.

Even if people think of the money is real it is not like the people spending it are the same people who have to earn it. The people who spend it have the big guns and police while the people who earn it have to just work a little harder.

cliffynator's picture

Of course China has CAD docs! I did design work for the original VXX proposal back in 2005 before Sikorsky first lost it to Bell (using an Italian design).  The base model for this chopper has major structural parts from China, Japan, Brazil, and Europe, to name a few.

BTW, is was Bush that turned this down to give to the Italians.  Seemed like there were several close-Italian ties back then...

pods's picture

2020?  President Camacho will just love that shit.


ACP's picture

And President Camacho was a far better leader than Obombya.

He actually spared and praised the person who discovered why the country was failing, instead of trying to kill him.

w1LE.e's picture

"we seem to be having some techmological differences"

IndyPat's picture

Word, Pods!
Suppose that thing runs on Brawndo?
And where are the rims with the spinner things? And will the landing gear have hydraulic gear to make it hop on the landing pad?

Fucking ROTFLCopter....brought to you by Carls Jr.

drendebe10's picture

Yessir, gotta maintain the corrupt narcissistic arrogant illegal alien sociopathic liar in chief's grand imperial golf life style on the backs if the tax paying US citizen serfs and peasants...

lakecity55's picture

You forgot "fudgepacker" and "Muslim Brotherhood."

Lore's picture

...among other things.

The chopper isn't painted black? 

Will it have a dirt floor? 

Why not strap him into a Huey? 

Can astronauts borrow this thing for rides to the ISS, or will they continue to rely on Russian charity? 

RafterManFMJ's picture

Why not buy 4 used Huey's for a total of 2 million dollars and when the imbecile wants to fly somewhere, you get 3 look-alikes, put a sack on all their heads and trundle them off to the choppers. All 4 launch, and hey, which one has the real 0Blam0? 

In the remote chance some illegal penetrates our borders and then takes a shot - at best his odds are 1 in 4 of even firing at the right target.

There, just saved 1.19999 billion dollars.

OldPhart's picture

Wouldn't be an illegal doing the shooting.

lakecity55's picture

It's Tank!

A chopper!

A submarine!

Kids this Transformer can do it all!

Diablo's picture

yes, absolutely. he will be 'dictator' for 12 more years....its all because of his nigerian upbringing. nevermind that whole 'term-limits' thing. he will also go to your house and steal all your beer and kick your dog when youre not home. if i were you i'd spend all of your money on gold and bullets. go ahead. do it.

nmewn's picture

"i'll have more flexibility after the election."

booboo's picture

Helicopters are named after Indian Tribes so I'm thinking "The Stompyfeet" ??? or The Ihaveapen??