Boeing has signed a US$265 million contract for
nine more MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters that employees in
its Philadelphia plant will assemble for the U.S. 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 G-Model is a critical asset for the army, our
nation, and the defense industrial base,” said Andy Builta, vice
president and H-47 program manager. “We’re honored 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.
presence, including suppliers and vendors, supports an estimated
16,000 total jobs in Pennsylvania.
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