How the heck did the Presidents proposed helicopter get so expensive? In 2002 it was proposed that a replacement for the current Marine One helicopters was needed with 28 new helicopters. The winning bid was the joint Lockheed Martin - AgustaWestland model based on the latters AW-101 that was to be built under license in the US. By 2009 the program costs had reached $11.2 billion, and if built each helicopter would have cost about $400 million. By contrast a F-22 fighter jet costs $150 million per unit and the British version of the same helicopter costs $23 million per unit. So how on earth did the program end up costing so much? Thankfully the program was finally cancelled for budgetary reasons in 2009.
Not sure where you get you're getting your dollar figures. The F-22 is $339 each and has the worst safety record in the Air Force. That hunk of junk needs to be scraped. As for a new Marine One fleet, the current Sikorskys are so old its only the shiny paint that's holding them together. President Obama, who knew nothing about aviation, said "I'm sure they're just fine" and cancelled the new aircraft program. One of these days, that 40 year old bag of bolts is going to drop from the sky. As for the cost, the Secret Service and the White House are the ones that drove the price up. Adding dozens of requirements for avionics, defensive armament, ballistic protection, comfort amenities, etc. etc. etc. These translated into $$$. Remember, the price tag was for the entire program: Aircraft, training, simulations, repair parts, spares, special tools, work stands, etc. All of which are required when you roll out a new aircraft. You can't compare the price of whole program with the price tag of a single aircraft. As an American, I don't understand why they were going with the Agusta-Westland helicopter instead of an American built Sikorsky S-92 in the first place. That aircraft is a fine product and could have accommodated the Secret Service requirements. But that's just me.