Boeing has received a contract to build and deliver additional next-generation MH-47G Block II Chinooks to the US Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC).

The $194.22m order is a modification of an existing current contract for the procurement of the Chinook helicopters.

Under the contract, Boeing will supply six renew-build and one new-build MH-47G rotary wing aircraft.

The Block II configuration aircraft is expected to increase the army’s ability to safely conduct missions.

Boeing will commence deliveries of the second lot of MH-47G Block II aircraft starting in 2021.

The Block II Chinooks are incorporated with technological advancements to extend the service life of the fleet and improve performance.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

Boeing vice-president and MH-47 programme manager Chuck Dabundo said: “The MH-47G is the world’s best, most reliable heavy-lift helicopter and will help special operations execute their difficult missions.

“Nearly a quarter of the special ops fleet is now on contract for Block II, and we look forward to delivering this capability to them on schedule.”

The army operates 69 MH-47G Block 1 Chinook helicopters.

With the latest contract, the total number of MH-47G Block II Chinooks ordered for the US Army Special Operations Aviation Command comes to 15.

“The MH-47G is the world’s best, most reliable heavy-lift helicopter and will help special operations execute their difficult missions.”

The company expects to start final assembly of the first MH-47G Block II aircraft later this year.

The MH-47G has the ability to support heavy-lift missions such as the transportation of troops, ammunition, vehicles, equipment, fuel and supplies. The aircraft can also be used for civil and humanitarian relief missions.

In a statement, the US Department of Defense said: “This action is required to sustain US Special Operations Forces (SOF) heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft and to mitigate the impact of the MH-47G aircraft availability in light of increased SOF operational demands.”

Boeing’s MH-47G will meet the US Army Special Operations Command’s urgent need for heavy assault helicopters.

In November, the company was awarded a contract to deliver four MH-47G helicopters for the SOF.