Sikorsky to Build New Presidential Helicopters

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President Barack Obama walks to Marine One last year. (Reuters) (MIKE THEILER, REUTERS)

Sikorsky helicopters will get to keep their parking spots on the South Lawn of the White House.

The company late Wednesday won a multi-billion dollar Navy contract to replace the president’s aged fleet of Marine One transportation helicopters, vehicles Stratford-based Sikorsky Aircraft Co. built almost four decades ago.

The Defense Department announced the $1.2 billion contract for six test aircraft, the first of which will be delivered by 2020. Twenty-one aircraft will be built in all, with most of the work to be done in Connecticut.

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