Boeing has secured another order to deliver additional MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters for the US Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC).
The $195m order, which follows the previous contract awarded in November 2021, will involve the delivery of six MH-47G Block II Chinooks supporting the modernisation strategy of the Army.
With the latest contract, the total number of MH-47G Block II Chinooks ordered for the USASOAC comes to 36.
The company has already delivered five aircraft. The deliveries under the new order are scheduled to begin in 2024.
Boeing vice-president, cargo programmes and H-47 programme manager Andy Builta said: “We’re answering the USASOAC’s call to modernise its fleet of heavy-lift helicopters.
“With this upgrade, new advances in technology enable the proven Chinook to meet evolving threats and ever-changing mission requirements.”
Boeing’s H-47 Chinook Block II is designed to meet heavy-lift mission requirements.
According to the company, the upgraded MH-47G Block II Chinook has an improved structure. The work to reduce the aircraft’s weight is also expected to improve aircraft performance and efficiency, as well as extend its range.
Boeing will manufacture the helicopters under the new order primarily at its Philadelphia site.
The company said that the H-47 Chinook programme supports more than 20,000 jobs and 360 suppliers in 40 US states.
It is used by the US Army and 19 countries across the globe.
Recently, Boeing secured a contract to supply AH-6 light attack reconnaissance helicopters to the Royal Thai Army.