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VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Program

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Publication Date: June 2009

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RS22103

Topic: Military and defense (Military equipment and weapons)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


On January 28, 2005, Navy officials announced the award of the VH-71 presidential helicopter contract to a team led by Lockheed Martin Corp. and composed of European companies. Subsequently, the VH-71 program has experienced noteworthy cost increases and schedule delays, which have generated controversy and scrutiny. This report will be updated as warranted.