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Friday, October 26, 2007

Navy Secretary Wants VH-71 Delayed

Jim McKenna

The U.S. Navy secretary wants to delay production of the new presidential helicopter again, according to Bloomberg News. The news service says Secretary Donald Winter has recommended in a budget memo to Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England that the purchase of four VH-71s be postponed until Fiscal 2010. According to Bloomberg, the Naval Air Systems Command program to develop and procure the Lockheed Martin/AgustaWestland/Bell Helicopter aircraft based on the EH101 has been marked by "consistent underexecution." This would be the second year that production has been delayed. For related news
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