Obama Eliminates A-10 to Save $3.5 Bil, Orders $20 Bil Choppers to Fly Him Around

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Nothing but the worst for our soldiers. Nothing but the best for Prince Barack I.

The Department of Defense awarded a contract on Wednesday to a Connecticut company that will build a fleet of helicopters to replace the Marine One fleet that ferries U.S. presidents short distances.

The contract, given to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, will cost an initial $1,244,677,064 ‘for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement program.’ For that price the U.S. Navy will get six test aircraft and all the necessary research & development.

Adding in the likely $17 billion price tag for the new project – a number estimated by the Congressional Budget Office – the $20 billion total makes the fleet the most expensive helicopters ever built.

Do we really need test aircraft to fly a bunch of D.C. lawyers around? Does this really require any major innovation?

But nothing but the best for Barry. Nothing but the worst for taxpayers.

Maybe if the A-10 were fitted out with a wine bar, cushioned seats and a DVD player and assigned to ferry Obama on speeches to donors around the country, he would find the money to save it.

  • Veracious_one

    the A10 is a battle tested awesome weapons platform and should not be cast aside…but then Obama doesn’t care about our side…

    • Sam

      debka dot com/article/23906/Chuck-Hagel-faces-flat-resistance-to-US-regional-policies-in-his-coming-Mid-East-trip

  • Ban Liberals

    A P… O… S!

  • Rick

    Some people do not consider Debka reliable.

    Whatever.

    Just consider this

    “Chuck Hagel free to devote himself to implementing the president’s guidelines for shrinking America’s ground, air and naval forces”
    HAGEL HAS NOHONOR and NO BRAINS.

    “The US defense secretary’s mission to Jeddah next week is not to unveil an Obama administration policy reset and assure the Gulf members states that the American shield remains in place. On the contrary, he will try and persuade their leaders to dance to Washington’s tune – with little hope of success.

    Hagel in fact received his answer in advance from Saudi Arabia, in the form of the largest military exercise ever seen in the Gulf region, under the title of Operation Saif Abdullah (Sword of Abdullah) with more than 130,000 soldiers.

    Around the centerpiece of Chinese-made DF-3 nuclear missiles (NATO-designated CSS-2), commanding officers from all the Gulf emirates except Qatar took part in the war game for the first time, as well another first, Egypt.
    This exercise gave Washington three messages: a) The Gulf nations are ready to fight Iran; b) They are prepared for this armed conflict to be nuclear; and c) They no longer rely on America for a military and nuclear shield – only on themselves.”

    ” Yet this story would not have seen the light of day without being sanctioned by its ruling family.”

    “He is due to arrive exactly a week after Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice tiptoed out of Israel Friday, May 9. Her two day visit and talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – mainly on the Iranian nuclear issue – ENDED WITHOUT ANY KIND OF PRESS RELEASE STATEMENT OR EVEN A NOTICE OF DEPARTURE.” (Emphasis added)

    http://debka.com/article/23906/Chuck-Hagel-faces-flat-resistance-to-US-regional-policies-in-his-coming-Mid-East-trip

  • Johnny

    Government gone wild!

  • 4arepublic
  • Gee

    The $400 million per helicopter is the same as Air Force One. Not even Odumba needs 20 747s

  • Minicapt

    Interesting, because a substantial part of that engineering and development has been financed by the Canadian Forces.

    Cheers

  • fpm

    It’s the beginning of his private air force. In addition to billions worth of ammunition acquired by his DHS. Building a rival force to the US military was one of his promises and he actually doesn’t lie.

  • truebearing

    I hope Americans realize how significant this is.

    • MRHapla

      Those the same “Americans” who put the HAfrican Hustler in the WH, twice?

  • CaoMoo

    The A-10 is a flying tank and has saved alot of soldiers in close air support. Well I suppose the president needs a new fleet so his dog can have his own chopper. So **** you A-10.

    • HappyCanadian

      I don’t know a lot about aircraft but I thought the A-10 is a unique asset that is sheer terror to the enemy and highly effective. Is this not the type of aircraft the US should want if warfare will be more concentrated? Is it not an advantage against terrorists and supporting special forces, especially if they get into a bad situation, like say Benghazi? But that was just a spontaneous demonstration with women and children and anti-aircraft guns. How about a deterrent to the enemy? I would not stir-up trouble If I believed an A-10 would be on my but.

      Obama thinks that a large conventional war is impossible now? I guess he has not heard about Putin’s Russia invading Ukraine? Never say never.

      • CaoMoo

        I wonder what he thinks has replaced conventional warfare?

        • HappyCanadian

          I don’t know. Did he mention anything in his apology speech in Cairo?

          • CaoMoo

            Ill go with water balloon fight. More fun and less mean spirited than that horrible last century paintball, and all weather.

  • notme123

    he doesn’t care about the military, or other citizens, Bengazi for example. I think it should be a requirement to be president to have been in the military. Only O and Clinton, that I know of in recent times, have never served in the military and both have caused ruin.

    • HappyCanadian

      Bush did not serve either. None of his hawks served a day.

      • HappyCanadian

        ..

      • HappyCanadian

        In combat anyway.

  • bob smith

    “Maybe if the A-10 were fitted out with a wine bar, cushioned seats and a DVD player and assigned to ferry Obama on speeches to donors around the country, he would find the money to save it.”

    Superb! Pissed myself laughing at the implied visuals. Priceless.

  • The March Hare

    With new wing upgrades the service life was projected to be through 2040. What a lose.

  • BEN JABO

    As you may remember, in the old James Bond movies, his car was equipped with an EJECTOR SEAT. why have Obummers seat set up the say way?

  • Quitthevictimhood

    I remember being in Desert Shield/Storm and having A-10′s support our marine reconnaissance teams. This aircraft is the best fixed wing close air support in the fleet. This decision has now cost someone their life. What a disgraceful decision by the POTUS and SAF. The continued degradation of the US Military continues…….so sad.

  • MRHapla

    USAF is projected to fly the B-52 until 2040, so a one hundred year old airframe design clearly isn’t the problem.

    But since the A-10 is for the infantry, give some fixed wing back to the Army. Let them run the gunship based airplanes, leave the sexy space toys to the USAF so they can watch them on the tarmac from the air conditioned O-clubs

    But when you’ve got Democrat traitors infesting government, all bets are off.

  • MRHapla

    What happened to Hagel in ‘Nam that so messed him up as to betray his country so? Kerry I get, as he’s a wannabe JFK.

    The lesson of Gen. Billy Mitchell resounds throughout the American military, keep your mouth shut or else. Even if you’re right and proven so later.

  • trickyblain

    The program (VXX replacement helicopter program) to replace HMX-1′s old VH-3Ds and VH-60s kicked off way back in 2002 with a presidential memo that called for a new bird — the ill-fated VH-71 — by 2008. BIllions were spent on the program. The Pentagon wanted it cancelled in 2007; the White overruled and pressed on. In the end, the only deliverables were sold off as scrap to Canada.

    If not for the previous administration’s ineptitude, the fleet would have been in place before Obama took office. And, by the time the new fleet is in the air, he will have been out of office long after having picked up yet another of W’s messes.