Boeing has confirmed that it will build next-generation MH-47G
Chinooks for the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command.
The $194 million contract is for a second lot of
MH-47G Block II aircraft, to be delivered starting in 2021.
II Chinooks feature technological advancements to extend the
fleet’s service life and enhance performance.
“The MH-47G is the world’s best, most reliable
heavy-lift helicopter and will help Special Operations execute
their difficult missions,” said Chuck Dabundo, vice president and
MH-47 program manager. “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 US Army has a large number of MH-47G Chinook
helicopters and Boeing is now on contract for a total of 15 MH-47G
Block II Chinooks. The first MH-47G Block II aircraft is scheduled
to begin final assembly this year.