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.

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.