VT Group is set to provide support services for the US presidential helicopter fleet under a five-year, single-award contract.

Valued at $105m, the contract has been awarded by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

Contract work will cover activities such as research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E), as well as limited engineering, aircraft maintenance and logistics support.

VT Group will provide the services for designated aircraft in direct support of Presidential Helicopters Program Office (PMA-274), Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Twenty-One (HX-21).

The contract was officially awarded to National Technologies Associates, which was bought by VT Group last year.

The cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity was competitively procured through an electronic request for proposal.

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The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, which is serving as the contracting activity, received two offers. 

VT Group president and CEO John Hassoun said: “The presidential helicopters support contract is the flagship of VT Group’s growing aerospace engineering portfolio.

“We are immensely proud to be NAVAIR’s partner-of-choice for this high profile, mission-critical programme, and equally proud of our engineers and technical experts who remain committed – day in and day out – to NAVAIR’s 100% mission success requirement.”

Work under the contract will be carried out in Patuxent River, Maryland; and Quantico, Virginia, US.

The presidential helicopter fleet is used to fly the US President and Vice-President, as well as state heads and other official parties.

Currently, VH-3D and VH-60N aircraft are currently used to transport the president.

Since 2004, the company has supported PMA-274 with mission-critical services for the two aircraft and other platforms.

Under the new contract, VT Group will also be responsible for the new VH-92A helicopter’s integration into full operational service.

The Navy plans to procure 21 VH-92A operational aircraft and two test aircraft.