July 12 () — Boeing has been awarded a contract for the procurement of 4 MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters for the U.S. Military.
The deal, introduced Wednesday by the Division of Protection, comes below a $131.1 million modification to an current contract.
The contract marks the beginning of a manufacturing run for the Block II Chinooks that’s anticipated to final for a couple of decade, Boeing mentioned.
“The Military makes use of the MH-47G for a few of its most troublesome and difficult missions,” Pat Donnelly, director, H-47 Home and Overseas Navy Sale Applications, mentioned in a press launch. “By incorporating key Block II options we considerably prolong the service life, improve efficiency, and preserve Chinook’s place because the world’s preeminent particular operations helicopter.”
The CH-47F Chinook is a twin-engine tandem rotor heavy-lift transport helicopter utilized by the U.S. Military and plenty of allied nations, together with the Netherlands and Turkey. Its major mission is to move troops and huge payloads at excessive pace and lengthy ranges.
It’s primarily used for troop and cargo transport, sling-load operations and battlefield resupply. The CH-47 sequence has been in use since its introduction in 1962 and has been upgraded and refurbished many instances.
The MH-47G has upgraded digital avionics and flight management programs, a stronger monolithic airframe and is designed for simpler transportation by cargo plane.
The primary mannequin was delivered to Particular Operations Command in 2014 and is utilized by the 160th “Evening Stalkers” Particular Operations Aviation Regiment. The Military presently has 69 MH-47G Chinooks.
The Block II upgrades for the newly contracted MH-47Gs will ultimately be integrated into many of the H-47 Chinook fleet of the USA, together with a Block II configuration for the Military’s CH-47F variant that’s below improvement.
Work on the 4 new helicopters will likely be carried out in Ridley Park, Penn., with a projected completion date of June 29 2020.
Fiscal 2018 different procurement, Division of Protection, and Military different procurement funds for the complete quantity of the contract have been obligated on the time of award.