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Boeing to build 6 more G-model Chinooks for US Special Operations Command

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Illustration: MH-47G Chinook helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment approaches a beach from off shore during training near Hurlburt Field, Fl., February 19, 2020. Photo: 160th SOAR

The US Army Special Operations Aviation Command has awarded Boeing a $246.48 million contract for the delivery of six more MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters.

Delivery of these aircraft is scheduled to start in 2023. With this additional order, Boeing is now under contract for 30 MH-47G Block II Chinooks, four of which have been delivered to date.

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 aircraft ordered on November 24 will be the first to include the new Active Parallel Actuator Subsystem (APAS), a mission system that helps pilots execute more difficult maneuvers while improving safety and reliability of flight.

“APAS is one of many next-level capabilities that allows the Chinook to deliver more payload – faster, farther and smarter,” said Andy Builta, Boeing vice president and H-47 program manager.

The G model Chinook is being delivered from the company’s Pennsylvania site, which also supports the delivery of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and the MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter.