A brand new Sikorsky VH-92 Marine One has just been put through its paces, landing on the White House lawn, in its allotted role as the next presidential helicopter. The fit-out and tech specs are understandly sketchy, or classified, but it is known that this is just one of several such aircraft that will be available to Trump by 2020. Possibly as early as 2019, 23 VH-92 helicopters should replace 11 VH-3D and 8 VH-60N.
The interior of the VH-92 Marine One, built on the frame of the S-92, is typically luxurious. VH-92 is equipped with an AN/AAQ-24 Nemesis-based Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) guided anti-missile system with infrared homing heads.
The fleet of Sikorskys not only serve the President and his closest aides but is also a key component of the ‘Continuity Of Government’ contingency plans. During a crisis, Marine One helicopters would quickly make the jaunt from their forward staging point at Naval Support Facility Anacostia to the White House where they would scoop up the President and move him to safety at any of a number of pre-planned undisclosed and hardened locations.
Currently, 21 helicopters fly Trump around and follow him nearly anywhere he travels across America and abroad – two Sikorskys are airlifted everywhere Trump goes overseas even if they’re not needed as primary transportation. What a life!