Lockheed Martin company Sikorsky has secured a contract from the US Navy to deliver the final lot of VH-92A presidential helicopters.

The $478.6m firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract exercises options for the procurement of the five lot three low-rate initial production aircraft.

These new presidential helicopters are part of the 23 aircraft programme of record for the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The VH-92A is the next-generation presidential transport helicopter. It will replace the VH-3D presidential helicopter in service with the USMC.

The company is on schedule to supply the first presidential helicopter later this year.

Sikorsky president Paul Lemmo said: “This contract to build more presidential helicopters shows our customer values Sikorsky’s proven record of supporting this no-fail mission for decades and is confident in our ability to innovate and deliver this next-generation aircraft flying the president well into the future.

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“This aircraft has a special place in the hearts of our employees who treasure the legacy and look forward to watching the new White Top enter service.”

The latest contract includes providing related interim contractor support, two cabin interior reconfiguration kits, support equipment, initial spares, and system parts replenishment.

Work under the contract will be carried out in Stratford, Connecticut; Coatesville, Pennsylvania; Owego, New York; Patuxent River, Maryland; Phoenix, Arizona; and Quantico, Virginia.

The company is expected to complete deliveries of the five helicopters in December 2023.

Sikorsky is currently in the process of making final modifications on 12 of the VH-92A aircraft at its manufacturing plant in Stratford, Connecticut.

PMA-274 presidential helicopter programme manager colonel Eric Ropella said: “The programme remains on budget and within our planned aircraft delivery schedule.

“The award of this last lot of VH-92A aircraft solidifies the importance of the Marine Corps no-fail mission especially as we move into the next phase of government testing this year.”

In February last year, Sikorsky Aircraft secured a second contract valued at $470.8m from the US Navy to build six production VH-92A helicopters.