The U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC) will buy nine more MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters from Boeing at a cost of US$265 million.
Boeing is currently on contract for 24 of the next-generation Chinooks. The majority of the work will be performed in its facility in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, and is expected to be completed February 2023.
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.
“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. With these technological advancements, Chinook Block II will provide commonality across the fleet and enable our soldiers to return home safely for decades,” says a Boeing official.
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 defence industrial base,” said Andy Builta, vice president and H-47 program manager. “We’re honoured that the Army’s special operators trust us to deliver it.”
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