|Role||Medium-lift transport/utility helicopter|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Sikorsky Aircraft / Lockheed Martin|
|First flight||28 July 2017|
|Primary user||United States Marine Corps|
VH-92A: $90m ex R&D (FY15)
|Developed from||Sikorsky S-92|
The Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin VH-92 is an American helicopter under development to replace the United States Marine Corps' Marine One U.S. Presidential transport fleet. It is a military variant of the Sikorsky S-92.
Design and development
Sikorsky entered the VH-92 variant of the S-92 into the VXX competition for U.S. Presidential helicopter Marine One (replacing the Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King and VH-60N White Hawk), but lost to the Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel. However, the competition was restarted in 2010 due to ballooning VH-71 development costs, allowing Sikorsky to resubmit the VH-92 in April 2010. By mid-2013, all other aircraft makers had dropped out of the contest, leaving only Sikorsky.
In May 2014, Sikorsky was awarded a US$1.24 billion contract to build a variant of the S-92 for transport of the U.S. President. Sikorsky will outfit this variant with an executive interior and military mission support systems, including triple electrical power and redundant flight controls. Six of the variant, designated VH-92A, have been ordered by the U.S. Navy for delivery in 2017. Production of a further 17 aircraft is planned to begin in 2020. The total FY2015 program cost is $4.718 billion for 23 helicopters, at an average cost of $205M per aircraft. In July 2016, the design passed its Critical Design Review, which clears it for production.
- Crew: 2 (pilot, co-pilot)
- Capacity: 19 passengers
- Length: 56 ft 2 in (17.10 m)
- Rotor diameter: 56 ft 4 in (17.17 m)
- Height: 15 ft 5 in (4.71 m)
- Disc area: 2,492.3 ft2 (231.54 m2)
- Empty weight: 15,500 lb (7,030 kg)
- Loaded weight: 26,500 lb (12,020 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 27,700 lb (12,568 kg)
- Fuselage length: 56 ft 2 in (17.1 m)
- Fuselage width: 17 ft 3 in (5.26 m)
- Rotor systems: Main rotor has 4 blades. From the main gearbox a set of driveshafts connect to the tail gearbox to turn the 4-blade tail rotor.
- Cabin dimensions: 20 ft long by 6.6 ft tall
- Powerplant: 2 × General Electric CT7-8A turboshaft, 2,520 shp (1,879 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 165 knots (190 mph, 306 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 151 kn, 174 mph (280 km/h)
- Range: 539 nmi (999 km)
- Service ceiling: 14,000 ft (4,270 m)
- Disc loading: 9.8 lb/ft2 (48 kg/m2)
- Power/mass: 0.23 hp/lb (0.38 kW/kg)
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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