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US Army orders six more G-model Chinooks from Boeing

Block II Chinook
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The US Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC) has awarded Boeing a $195 million contract for the delivery of six additional MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters.

The latest contract modification brings the total number of MH-47G Block II aircraft under contract with the USASOAC to 36.

The upgraded MH-47G Block II Chinook features improved structure and weight reduction initiatives that increase the aircraft’s performance and efficiency, allowing for extended lift and range.

Block II Chinooks also include a more efficient drivetrain, new swept-tip rotor blades and a strengthened fuselage that allows for heavier payloads. By reducing the six fuel tanks to two, the lighter Block II is also capable of carrying more fuel.

“We’re answering the USASOAC’s call to modernize its fleet of heavy-lift helicopters,” said Andy Builta vice president, Cargo programs and H-47 program manager. “With this upgrade, new advances in technology enable the proven Chinook to meet evolving threats and ever-changing mission requirements.”

Boeing has delivered five MH-47G Block II aircraft to date. after delivering the first unit in August 2020. Deliveries of the new order are scheduled to begin in 2024, with production to primarily take place at Boeing’s Philadelphia site.