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Boeing will team with Agusta-Westland to offer the AW101 for the NEW Marine One contract…….

He, he, he…..

I have to laugh on this one!

For those of you haven’t been following the Dog….

The AW101...Is the Helo that WON the Marine One contract a few years ago….

The US Navy has NINE 101’s done and sitting around looking for job to do….

Paid for by YOU…The US Taxpayer …..To the tune of $3 Billion ……

But since the Helo’s were modified to the Bush Military Office and US Secret Service specs….(On  Sec Defense Gates watch)

They got too heavy and cost too much…. (Besides even though the rest where going to be completed in the US…that wasn’t enough)

The AW 101…is in service and has three engines…..It is bigger, faster and flys farther than the US Sikorsky S -92 model….

But that wasn’t good enough…..

Obama complained about a kitchen in the helo….

How much would it have cost to UNDESIGN the Bush Kitchen??? …Certainly less than the money they’re gonna spend a


That won’t be available for at least….. FIVE YEARS!

Am I annoyed about this?

You BET!

From Aviation Week……

The renewed VXX presidential helicopter program heated up again today, as Boeing announced it is teaming with AgustaWestland to offer the AW101 helicopter for the competition.

Boeing says it will secure a license to produce the aircraft from AgustaWestland, which will give Boeing full intellectual property, data and production rights in support of the VXX program. Boeing will be the prime contractor and will design, build and deliver the so-called Boeing 101 helicopter, the company reports.

In April, the U.S. Navy extended its request for information to mid-June, providing enough time for all interested parties to respond. Former competitors Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Lockheed Martin announced April 19 they will team up for the contest. Sikorsky, a United Technologies company, lost the original bid in 2005, when Lockheed was partnered with AgustaWestland. This time around, Sikorsky will offer its H-92 (a hardened version of its S-92) medium-lift helicopter again, with Lockheed performing all the mission systems integration (Aerospace DAILY, Apr. 20).

AgustaWestland’s Italian parent company, Finmeccanica, has been redeveloping its relationship with Boeing on the commercial side as well, Finmeccanica CEO Pier Francesco Guarguaglini said recently. The two companies signed  a strategic memorandum of understanding in 2003, with a high-level steering committee established that met regularly. In May, Finmeccanica told Aviation Week it was looking to expand its product portfolio in the U.S., including the AgustaWestland AW101 transport helicopter with Boeing as a preferred partner (Aerospace DAILY, May 7). The canceled VH-71 is a variant of the AW-101.

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  1. A TOTAL waste of money

    Where are the Tea Partiers?

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 7, 2010 | Reply


    Comment by jamesb101 | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. Military contractors are the biggest welfare mamas of them all.

    Of course nary a right wing radio show host nor Tea Partier will EVER call for an end to this waste of untold billions.

    Nah, much easier to complain about the midnight basketball program that existed 15 yrs. ago and cost a few thousand bucks.

    Seriously, I have a dittohead co-worker who STILL complains about that.

    Comment by Scott P | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  4. Westland was a British helicopter maker (perhaps once part of British Aerospace Corporation, BAe or BAC) that went bust and merged with Finmeccanica.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  5. You sure DSD?


    Comment by jamesb101 | June 7, 2010 | Reply

    • The Aviation Week story says:

      AgustaWestland’s Italian parent company, Finmeccanica,

      so I made an assumption.

      But I guess there must have been at least one intervening merger with Agusta or one of its antecedents or successors.

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 8, 2010 | Reply

    • See (from a little Googling):



      “…By 1916 construction of the factory and airfield was well in hand, completion of Sopwith contracts was quickly followed by order to build de Havilland 4 and 9 two-seat bombers, these were often delivered directly to the Western front. It became a Westland custom to ballast the rear seat of these aircraft with a barrel of the local cider….”




      [A first-class row within the Thatcher government, with one faction led by Thatcher and her Trade & Industry Secretary favouring a bailout from Sikorsky of the U.S., and another faction led by Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine, favouring a European solution. Heseltine resigned over the issue in 1986.]

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 8, 2010 | Reply

      • From the Associate Publisher article (I was trying to find the most concise or compressed explanation):

        GKN plc bought into Westland in 1988, initially acquiring a stake owned by Hanson plc they soon acquired the shares owned by Fiat which gave them absolute control. In 1994 Westland became a wholly-owned subsidiary of GKN. It was merged with Finmeccanica’s Agusta helicopter division in 1999. In 2004, Finmeccanica S.p.A. acquired GKN’s share in the joint venture.

        [GKN is the current incarnation of the old manufacturing and engineering firm Guest Keen Nettlefolds.]

        Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 8, 2010

  6. They make the Merlin…which is the AW101 English version….

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 7, 2010 | Reply

  7. We’re BOTH right….

    AgustaWestland, the Anglo-Italian helicopter company owned by Italy’s Finmeccanica, is a total capability provider in the vertical lift market.

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 8, 2010 | Reply

    • See more links above.

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 8, 2010 | Reply

    • More specifically, this page from AgustaWestland’s pages (a little hard to find):


      AgustaWestland was created by the merging of two helicopter companies with long and rich histories dating back to the formative days of aviation manufacturing in the early 20th Century. Agusta’s and Westland’s pedigree as helicopter manufacturers dates back to the 1950s when both Companies took strategic decisions to move into rotary wing aircraft production.

      Agusta and Westland first collaborated in the 1960s, when Westland started licence production of the Agusta AB47G, better known as the “Sioux”. Starting in 1964, Westland built 250 of these small helicopters at Yeovil.

      The relationship between Agusta and Westland evolved for more than 20 years through collaboration on the development and production of the 16-ton multi-role EH101. This association provided the platform which enabled the two Companies to conclude a rapid and effective integration when Finmeccanica S.p.A. of Italy and GKN plc of the UK signed the agreement for the formation of a 50 : 50 joint venture company named AgustaWestland in 2001. In December, 2004 Finmeccanica acquired GKN’s 50 per cent stake in AgustaWestland.

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  8. Good get Houndog!

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  9. Damn DSD…you really don’t let go do Ya!

    They are just call the company AugustaWestland these days……

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 8, 2010 | Reply

  10. I gotta get some sleep……


    Thanks for the research!

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 8, 2010 | Reply

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