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US Army Spec Ops Order More Chinooks

Library image of Chinook helicopters delivering reinforcements into the Suwalki Gap [©Bob Morrison]
Boeing has received a $265 Million helicopter order from US Army Special Operations Aviation Command for nine more MH-47G Block II Chinooks.


Press Release, Philadelphia, 31 July 2020: Boeing recently signed a $265 million contract for nine more MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters that employees in 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 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.”

Boeing has more than 4,600 Boeing employees in Pennsylvania supporting H-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey, MH-139A Grey Wolf and a number of services and engineering efforts. Boeing’s presence, including suppliers and vendors, supports an estimated 16,000 total jobs in Pennsylvania.

Members of a US Army Special Operations A-Team waiting to exfiltrate by Chinook from the Suwalki Gap [©Bob Morrison]
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