Pentagon says Biden’s new helicopter is unreliable in emergencies

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President Biden’s first flight on the new presidential helicopter is delayed, Bloomberg report,

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Running news: According to Bloomberg, the Pentagon’s test unit warned that the helicopter built by Lockheed Martin was not “suitable for operation”, especially in emergency situations.

big picture: The new VH-92 helicopter program was intended for a $5 billion replacement for helicopters currently used by the president and other top officials.

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In a report dated 28 September, The Pentagon’s test unit found that while the helicopter was good for “administrative” missions such as visiting Camp David, it was not effective for emergency flights, according to Bloomberg.

  • The report explained that “Mission Communication Systems (MCS) often delay critical communications at the start of contingency missions and do not adequately support timely, continuous and secure communications.”
  • According to Bloomberg, the helicopter could still scorch the White House lawn, where it could land.

What are they saying: According to Bloomberg, spokesman Major George Hernandez said “the report did not raise any issue” that the Program Office and the Marine Corps “were unaware, or that the issues had been corrected earlier.”

  • John Dorian, a spokesman for Lockheed’s Sikorsky division, said they “will continue to work closely with our customers to ensure that the aircraft meets all operational requirements.”
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