Skip to comments.Obama to spend $20 BILLION on helicopter program to replace his private fleet of 23 choppers
Posted on 05/10/2014 7:05:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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.
The Pentagon made a similar attempt to replace the aging fleet of Sikorsky choppers, spending $3.2 billion on a landing pad to nowhere.
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.
The CBO reports that the projected cost also 'does not include costs to keep the 19 existing presidential helicopters in operation until they are replaced by new helicopters.'
During a White House fiscal responsibility summit a month after President Barack Obama took office, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain mocked the boondoggle helicopter upgrade project that was later shelved.
'Your helicopter is now going to cost as much as Air Force One,' McCain said. 'I don't think there's any more graphic demonstration of how good ideas have cost taxpayers an enormous amount of money.'(continued)
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You know, a lot of countries you've heard of don't spend that much on their ENTIRE military.
He really DOES think he is KING!
That is nearly 1 Billion per helicopter.
Sorry, but that is not justifiable for any president.
You mean emperor, and yes, he kinda is. Show me where someone has seriously stood up to him and thwarted anything he really wanted.
“..his private fleet...2022”.
Take that as a warning folks.
This is absolutely insane to spend this kind of money on this.
This has to be yet another big payoff to, and/or ripoff by, some political comrades of the administration. Unless those copters are made entirely out of gold?
One of the versions of this helo had a kitchen on board. Yes. A kitchen.
I’m happy to let him have a new copter if he needs one but this is ridiculous
we’d be better off spending 20 billion shipping this jackwad to the moon.
of course i have a 50 cent solution too.
Of course, we need to borrow more from China, don’t we? China needs to buy more of USA.
1 billion ought to buy a real Airwolf type helicopter or two.
It’s about time they replaced those junky old choppers.
I’m guessing the new ones will have wider doors.
For half that, both Boeing and Airbus sell airplanes that will carry 500 people nearly half-way around the world.
A gigabuck per helicopter?
Someone’s campaign contributions are being repaid many times over.
The red star is right on, but you should have also added a green star and crescent to state his true religion.
O.K.- I dont have time right now to research this mc caskill wench but Ill bet if somebody checks we will find out that she has stolen WAY more that what the NG has spent.
National Guard NASCAR sponsorship examined by Congress:
The National Guard spent $26.5 million to sponsor NASCAR racing in 2012 to bolster its marketing and recruitment but failed to sign up a single new soldier to its ranks, according to data provided to USA Today. Even though the Guard spent $88 million as a NASCAR sponsor from 2011 to 2013, it is unclear how many new recruits, if any, signed up because of it, according to documents. The Guard on Wednesday would not confirm the figures on prospects and recruits developed through its NASCAR sponsorship.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who will hold a hearing on the recruitment program Thursday, assailed the Guard for wasting a bunch of money on a very expensive sports sponsorship. The Guard received 24,800 recruiting prospects from the program in 2012, documents show. In those cases, potential recruits indicated the NASCAR affiliation prompted them to seek more information about joining. Of that group, only 20 met the Guards qualifications for entry into the service, and not one of them joined. In 2013, the number of prospects associated with NASCAR dropped to 7,500, according to briefing materials for the Senate subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight led by McCaskill.
The National Guard needs 1 million leads to meet its annual recruiting goal of 50,000 soldiers. The NASCAR initiative, along with the $38 million spent on an IndyCar racing sponsorship, over the same period, will be the target of the hearing led by McCaskill.
Rick Breitenfeldt, a National Guard spokesman, said 90% of Army National Guard soldiers who enlisted or re-enlisted from 2007 to 2013 indicated that they had been exposed to information about the service through NASCAR-related recruiting and retention materials. Sponsoring NASCAR and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. puts the Guards name in front of 77 million fans, he said.(USA Today)(5-7-2014)
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Regardless of who is president, the amount of money we spend on them is outrageous.
The wider doors must be for Moochelle.
The ones they use now aren’t that old.
Code name Golfcart?
Who’s the white guy behind the Kenyan dog-eater?
In the best Austin Powers voice:
That’s a king? That’s a queen, baby!
Good imagination, dressing up three trash cans.
Get him one of these and call it good:
They will not be ready by the time Obama leaves the White House, but President Palin will put them to good use.
Well I am not going to bash Bozo on this one. This is the same program that Bush proposed to award to the British and Obama abandoned 5 years ago.
Yes it is still ridiculously expensive. And that is because the requirements are ridiculous, or at least extreme. And it might be that they should be met.
The helicopter is required to have insane range, have nuclear/EMP survivability, provide secure national emergency communication, and be able to land on The White House lawn.
The helicopters they have meet only the last of these.
A stock S71 has good range and can land at The White House, but will be fried by EMP and does not have the communications channel.
Once you add enough stuff you can’t use a stock airframe, the weights change, the loads change, new structural analyses are required, and airframe redesign thus required, and new NC programs and tooling are then required.It It really does wind up being a whole new helicopter. And so it costs a lot of money.
When an Iranian EMP goes off on the east coast it might be better to have President Gowdy fly rather then walk to Andrews.
Uh, maybe some surplus tanks could be retro-fitted to serve as taxis for Obama?
Obama promised to study War no More, and thus be as Uppity as Hitler was.
Of course, since Hitler had limos with 1.5 inch thick glass windows.
The Democrat’s current Uppity POS will have to have his tank-top viewing bubble thicker and fancier than Hitler’s Limo windows.
Maybe Corning Glass Co. could be Nationalized to take on this as a “Green” Bubble Project?
My guess is that Democrat’s Main Intellectual, Ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will be able to “encourage” Speaker Boehner to keep on coddling Obama by continuing to shower Obama with unlimited amounts taxpayer dollars.
BTW, did the “purse” in that ignored expression”The US House shall have the power of the purse strings - - “ go with Ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi when Boehner replaced her as Speaker?
The choppers aren’t for him. He’ll be long gone by the time they’re ready.
At least you hope so, right?
(A) I'd rather have the F-22s…
(B) Remember that it was McCain [et al] who really pushed killing the F-22!
His “private” fleet?
I don’t think I would use that term
Just what would Uppity Obie look like waving to adoring fellow Democrat travelers from inside his Green Bubble Tank Top?
Rumor has it that only a tank with a green bubble top has the right of way on all the roads of his Obamanation.
BTW, would the stylish flecks of gray on his nappy head turn green under the Green Tank Top Bubble?
That would make even Hitler green with envy!
$20b is insane, aren’t helicopters cost around $10m/ea
> His private fleet?
> I dont think I would use that term
The comment was more on the value of F-22s vs. that of these fancy-choppers... and indirectly showing how I perceive the elite to prioritize: the F-22s would have protected the people, these choppers are essentially the airborne equivalent of armored-car/luxury-car hybrids and would protect the elite.
my most fervent prayer is that He just ends obama. any way is acceptable. impeachment, cancer, natural disaster, sinkhole, errant golf ball to the temple, biden causing him a stroke, whatever.
2009: Obama said the helicopter was perfectly adequate.
And to think ... the Democrats excoriated Nancy Reagan for ordering new White House china back in the day. For a heck of a lot less money.