Boeing recently signed a $265 million contract for nine more MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters that its Philadelphia plant will assemble for the US Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC).
Boeing is now on contract for 24 of the next-generation Chinooks. The MH-47G Block II Chinook features an improved structure and weight reduction initiatives like new lighter weight fuel pods that increase performance, efficiency, and commonality across the fleet. The new Chinooks will give the Army significantly more capability for extremely challenging missions.
“The G-Model is a critical asset for the Army, our nation, and the defense industrial base,” said Andy Builta, vice president and H-47 programme manager. “We’re honored that the Army’s special operators trust us to deliver it.” The first Block II Chinook for the USAOAC will be delivered this year.
Chinook Block II combines new technologies, including the Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade, redesigned fuel tanks, a strengthened fuselage, and an improved drivetrain – all aimed at increasing lift capability.
Boeing’s Pennsylvania plant supports H-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey, MH-139A Grey Wolf and a number of services and engineering efforts. –shp/mgm