Team US101 All Weather Medium Lift Military Helicopter (HH-71 and VH-71)

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Artist impressions of "Team US101" VH-71 Kestrel as part of the presidential fleet and video of VH-71 test flight. The "Team US101" consisted of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego, AgustaWestland and Bell Helicopter. (Modified AgustaWestland AW101)



VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Program:Background and Issues for Congress by Ronald O'Rourke, Specialist in Naval Affairs, published by the Congressional Research Service.
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RS22103.pdf
 

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US101 print advertisement.

Artist's impression of Lockheed Martin VH-71A Kestrel "Marine One" interior.

Another artist's impression of Lockheed Martin VH-71A Kestrel "Marine One" interior.

Sources:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2004-Ad-US-101-Bell-Helicopter-Comba-Proven-Superior-/200508352702?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eaf3aa8be
http://www.thewednesdayreport.com/twr/twr11v18.htm
http://www.gizmag.com/go/3646/picture/8071/
 

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Is there anyone who might possibly have the artistic drawing of the V-22 and CH-47 (marine one)?!

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Artist's impression of US101 CSAR variant.

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http://bemil.chosun.com/nbrd/bbs/view.html?b_bbs_id=10044&pn=0&num=73607
 

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Team US101 (Lockheed Martin/AgustaWestland) CSAR HH-71

Source:
http://www.w54.biz/showthread.php?314-USAF-CSAR-replacement-program-back-on-the-burner
http://www.adforum.com/creative-work/ad/player/12655938
 

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Uploaded on Mar 31, 2008

On February 13, 2008 the Lockheed Martin and AgustaWestland HH-71 Team successfully conducted aerial refueling tests between an RAF AW101 Merlin Mk3 helicopter and an Italian Air Force KC-130J tanker. This test was conducted at 4,000 ft altitude, with both aircraft traveling at 127 knots. It marked the first time a British helicopter demonstrated air-to- air refueling capability. By demonstrating aerial refueling capability, the HH-71 demonstrated all critical capabilities required for the CSAR mission.

http://youtu.be/DkayWPUCniY
 

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Nice shots of the US101 CSAR variant. Can't wait to see one of them here at Hurlburt Field, FL.
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Team US101, the joint venture between Lockheed Martin and AgustaWestland, is dead and Boeing has acquired manufacturing rights to the AgustaWestland AW101 design in the United States for the VXX Presidential Helicopter Program as the Boeing 101.

There will be no United States Air Force CSAR US101, all other bidders dropped out and the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) competition was won by the Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin HH-60G Pave Hawk.

Boeing Press Release:

"Boeing Secures All Rights to AgustaWestland AW101 for US Navy VXX Presidential Helicopter Program"

Source:
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=20295&item=1248

RIDLEY PARK, Pa., June 7, 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it will secure a license from AgustaWestland for U.S. production of the AW101 medium-lift helicopter as an entry into the U.S. Navy VXX Presidential Helicopter Program. This license will give Boeing full intellectual property, data and production rights for the aircraft in support of the VXX program. Because of this arrangement, the aircraft will be a Boeing aircraft, built by Boeing personnel at one of its U.S. facilities. The company will submit information regarding this aircraft in response to the Navy's current Request for Information by the June 18 deadline.

In announcing the agreement, Phil Dunford, vice president and general manager for Boeing Rotorcraft Systems, said, "We are excited to offer the capabilities of this proven aircraft to the Department of the Navy as it completes the Analysis of Alternatives for this critical mission. As a leading original equipment manufacturer in the military helicopter market and with our nearly 50 years of experience in presidential transport, we believe we are uniquely positioned to make the most of the Navy's significant investment in this aircraft."

The AW101 is a three-engine, medium-lift helicopter with combat-proven performance, serving with distinction in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 150 aircraft are in service with five NATO militaries and Japan, and the aircraft was selected for the previous presidential helicopter program in which nine aircraft were delivered to the prime contractor by AgustaWestland.

If the Boeing 101 helicopter is selected for VXX, Boeing will be the prime contractor and will design, build and deliver the aircraft. An industry-leading team of subcontractors, including AgustaWestland, will work with Boeing to deliver this capability to the Navy.

"Boeing has a long and extremely successful relationship with AgustaWestland, which has manufactured both the AH-64 Apache in the United Kingdom and the CH-47 in Italy under license from Boeing. We are thrilled to have a trusted participant on our team with valuable insights into the aircraft and the program," said Dave Palm, director of Business Development and Strategy for Boeing Rotorcraft Systems.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.
 

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Triton said:
There will be no United States Air Force CSAR US101, all other bidders dropped out and the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) competition was won by the Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin HH-60G Pave Hawk.

Bummer! :-[

It looks cooler (and probably more capable) than the HH-60G, IMHO.

Larry
 

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ReccePhreak said:
Triton said:
There will be no United States Air Force CSAR US101, all other bidders dropped out and the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) competition was won by the Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin HH-60G Pave Hawk.

Bummer! :-[

It looks cooler (and probably more capable) than the HH-60G, IMHO.

Larry

Aside from costs, companies are becoming more reluctant to put their own money in to programs that seem to take forever to select and for which there's not much guarantee that even if they win, will actually deliver the promised number of orders (can you say "UH-72"), or at all.
 

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Ardavan.K said:
Is there anyone who might possibly have the artistic drawing of the V-22 and CH-47 (marine one)?!
It's one of those things, I can access the data, as a Bell employee, but I can't legally share it under the document of my employment. The VV-22 had more side windows and the rear ramp replaced by steps. There were some other changes studied but not followed through when it lost the competition. The presidential party had the forward half of the compartment aft of the crew compartment while the back half was airline seating for the rest of the party. The aircraft would have featured a "white top" version of the scheme used by the MV-22B's now flying in support roles for HMX-1.
 

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There was an article in Forbes magazine this September that stated that the CRH program may not be funded due to sequestration. So much for the new 112 Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin HH-60M CSAR helicopters ordered by the United States Air Force.

Further, how many future aerospace contract awards will be challenged by protests to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and forced to re-bid? The United States Air Force was set to buy 141 Boeing HH-47 Chinook (Pave Chinook?) helicopters in 2006 for the CSAR-X program until the contract was protested by Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin. There was also the drama of the KC-X competition with the procurement scandal and protest to the GAO. An indication of the lean times in which we live? Do the armed forces have to add time for contract protests in their procurement time tables?
 

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Triton said:
There was an article in Forbes magazine this September that stated that the CRH program may not be funded due to sequestration. So much for the new 112 Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin HH-60M CSAR helicopters ordered by the United States Air Force.

Further, how many future aerospace contract awards will be challenged by protests to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and forced to re-bid? The United States Air Force was set to buy 141 Boeing HH-47 Chinook (Pave Chinook?) helicopters in 2006 for the CSAR-X program until the contract was protested by Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin. There was also the drama of the KC-X competition with the procurement scandal and protest to the GAO. An indication of the lean times in which we live? Do the armed forces have to add time for contract protests in their procurement time tables?

I think it's more a function of USAF bungling procurement after procurement. The HH-47 was particularly bad because it was never clear how the Chinook could win that and even the head of the Command that would be operating them stated he was "surprised" that that aircraft was selected. BTW when you're still wearing the uniform, that's about as much a criticism as you can publicly make, which indicates the degree of dissatisfaction there.

KC-X was all the AF's fault. It was discussed in detail elsewhere in the forum, but basically AF didn't follow its own rules, wasn't completely above board and then appeared to try and rig the second competition.
 

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Thanks for your comments, F-14D. Perhaps I have gotten cynical, but it seems that when dealing with "off-the-shelf" aircraft and helicopters it seemed that the United States Air Force had already chosen an aircraft or helicopter it wanted and then worked backward with the selection criteria of the competition so its choice "won." I presumed that the Boeing HH-47 was the United States Air Force's preferred platform for the combat search and rescue mission and the competition was weighted so that this helicopter would win in the CSAR(X) competition.
 

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Triton said:
Thanks for your comments, F-14D. Perhaps I have gotten cynical, but it seems that when dealing with "off-the-shelf" aircraft and helicopters it seemed that the United States Air Force had already chosen an aircraft or helicopter it wanted and then worked backward with the selection criteria of the competition so its choice "won." I presumed that the Boeing HH-47 was the United States Air Force's preferred platform for the combat search and rescue mission and the competition was weighted so that this helicopter would win in the CSAR(X) competition.

Here's an example of why so many jaws dropped when the HH-47 was selected. We know from the experiences of the Brits in Afghanistan that the downwash from low flying Chinooks can set off land mines. Not a very desirable feature for a rescue vehicle. Despite what is depicted in advertising and publicity, when performing a rescue if at all possible you want to land, and this characteristic would tend to be a major "inconvenience".
 

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If anyone remembers James Bond Skyfall and the Merlin used for the film, this was the test airframe used at Pax Rover for the VXX program ..(my photos from the 100 Years of AgustaWestland in July 2015).

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If you Americans thought your military helicopter procurement programs were "rigged" or "confusing," just look at Canadian helicopter procurement disasters: Sea King, Labrador, Voyager, Chinook, Huey, Twin Huey, Griffin, EH 101, Cormorant, second batch of Chinooks, Cyclone, etc.
Hah!
Hah!

There are a few amusing anecdotes about how the (British) Royal Air Force "tailored" their heavy lift helicopter competition to favour Boeing-Vertol's CH-47 Chinook over Sikorsky's CH-53 Stallion. BV proved that they could fold a Chinook smaller than competitors. Small folded size helped stow Chinooks aboard Royal Navy ships.
 
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