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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Boeing Secures Rights to AW101

AgustaWestland parent Finmeccanica agreed in June to sell the intellectual property, data and production rights for the AW101 to Boeing. The Seattle-based manufacturer plans to incorporate AW101 design elements into a new offering for the VXX Presidential Helicopter program. According to media reports, Boeing will rename the helicopter the Boeing 101 and submit it as one of three possibilities for the U.S. President’s helicopter fleet—the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey and Boeing CH-47 Chinook remain options. Earlier this summer, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky teamed to offer its VXX alternative, the H-92T. A partnership between AgustaWestland and Lockheed Martin won a contract to replace the Marine One fleet in January 2005, but the Pentagon cancelled that contract in 2009 and reopened the competition. Reports indicate that a request for proposals could be issued in 2011, according to Boeing vice president and general manager Phil Dunford. (From August 2010 Rotorcraft Report)

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