The President relies on a fleet of helicopters for transportation that has been in service for decades. The Navy plans to replace this fleet with 23 new helicopters, called VH-92As.
GAO’s annual review of this acquisition found:
- The estimated cost has declined from $5.18 billion to $4.95 billion since 2014. This was in part because there have been few design changes.
- The program remains within its overall schedule. However, delays will give program officials 3 to 5 months less time to evaluate whether they are ready to begin production.
- The program continues to work on challenges in communication links, and other areas.