US Special Operations Command gets first MH-47G Block II Chinook

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Boeing is delivering new technologies and performance improvements to US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with the Block II Chinook helicopter.

Boeing’s Philadelphia team recently delivered the first MH-47G Block II Chinook to SOCOM on time.“This delivery marks a major step for the Chinook programme,” said Andy Builta, vice president and H-47 programme manager.

 “The new Chinook will give U.S. Special Operations Forces significantly more capability for extremely challenging missions and will enable them to conduct those missions on the future battlefield.”

The company is on contract for 23 more MH-47G Block II Chinooks, having signed a contract with SOCOM in July.

The new Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade (photo) features a swept-tip wing design which gives an additional 1,500 lbs (680 kg)-plus lift capacity to Chinook operators. This will help the aircraft carry the vehicles, equipment, ammunition, and soldiers needed to perform critical operations.–shp/mgm