Connecticut politicians lobby for Sikorsky for VH-71 contract

by: Matthew Potter
February 9, 2008

Category: commercial aviation, Contract Awards, development program, Federal Budget Process, Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, U.S. Navy | RSS 2.0

A group of 11 Congressman, mainly from Connecticut, wrote a letter to DoD asking for the Lockheed contract be canceled and put out for re-bid. See Hartford Courant for more. The hope is that Sikorsky will win the recompete. The VH-71 program has had explosive cost and schedule growth, mainly due to the large number of requirements levied by the Navy. The original plan was to buy some stripped down helicopters quickly and then deliver the final capability in the 2012 time frame. The later increment has taken big hits and suffered significant schedule slips. How easy it will be to cancel and start over again? There is no way of really knowing. SAC and the other companies will have to bid a much bigger helicopter if a recompete is done to meet the Navy’s requirements.

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