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.