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A Pentagon report reveals serious flaws in Biden’s helicopter fleet

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A Pentagon report reveals serious flaws in Biden’s helicopter fleet

newspaper said The Times Britain, in a report published Thursday, November 25, 2021, said an internal report sent by the Pentagon’s testing office to senior defense officials that the new fleet of Sikorsky VH-92 helicopters manufactured by Lockheed Martin, which is to be used by senior officials as well as President Joe Biden “fails to meet minimum requirements for reliability, accessibility, or maintenance.”

The US president’s helicopter is one of the most iconic displays of power, along with the White House, the Oval Office and Air Force One. But officials decided Joe Biden should wait a little longer after tests revealed that the new version of Marine One’s helicopters was not yet “operationally suitable.”

Pass the validity tests

The helicopters are believed to have passed eligibility tests to fly Biden, 79, to Camp David, the presidential resort in Maryland, or to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington for flights on Air Force One. However, it was deemed not reliable enough for “emergency operations mission”, or emergency flights.

Bloomberg News reported that “the mission communications system often delayed critical communications at the start of emergency missions and did not adequately support real-time, continuous, and secure communications.”

Entire fleet overhaul

The current presidential fleet is a mix of Sikorsky Sea Kings, of the early 1960s design adopted as the presidential helicopter in 1975 when Gerald Ford was in power, as well as a version of the Blackhawk produced in the mid-1980s. The helicopters underwent upgrades in 1989, when Ronald Reagan left office. However, at the height of the global financial crisis in 2009, a $5 billion replacement program to repair the entire fleet was delayed.

The newer model was scheduled to enter service in January 2020 and again six months later, but tests found that “instability, cabin defects, frequent maintenance checks and aft air-trailer door components contributed to the low availability of the aircraft”.

Officials said the new model’s exhaust could also burn the White House’s pristine lawns, a problem that also affects the suitability of the existing fleet. A spokeswoman for the program said they “continue to work closely with the White House to implement a smooth transition.”


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newspaper said The Times Britain, in a report published Thursday, November 25, 2021, said an internal report sent by the Pentagon’s testing office to senior defense officials that the new fleet of Sikorsky VH-92 helicopters manufactured by Lockheed Martin, which is to be used by senior officials as well as President Joe Biden “fails to meet minimum requirements for reliability, accessibility, or maintenance.”

The US president’s helicopter is one of the most iconic displays of power, along with the White House, the Oval Office and Air Force One. But officials decided Joe Biden should wait a little longer after tests revealed that the new version of Marine One’s helicopters was not yet “operationally suitable.”

Pass the validity tests

The helicopters are believed to have passed eligibility tests to fly Biden, 79, to Camp David, the presidential resort in Maryland, or to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington for flights on Air Force One. However, it was deemed not reliable enough for “emergency operations mission”, or emergency flights.

Bloomberg News reported that “the mission communications system often delayed critical communications at the start of emergency missions and did not adequately support real-time, continuous, and secure communications.”

Entire fleet overhaul

The current presidential fleet is a mix of Sikorsky Sea Kings, of the early 1960s design adopted as the presidential helicopter in 1975 when Gerald Ford was in power, as well as a version of the Blackhawk produced in the mid-1980s. The helicopters underwent upgrades in 1989, when Ronald Reagan left office. However, at the height of the global financial crisis in 2009, a $5 billion replacement program to repair the entire fleet was delayed.

The newer model was scheduled to enter service in January 2020 and again six months later, but tests found that “instability, cabin defects, frequent maintenance checks and aft air-trailer door components contributed to the low availability of the aircraft”.

Officials said the new model’s exhaust could also burn the White House’s pristine lawns, a problem that also affects the suitability of the existing fleet. A spokeswoman for the program said they “continue to work closely with the White House to implement a smooth transition.”

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