US Air Force readies for MH-139A arrival
The US Air Force is set to accept its first MH-139A helicopter on 19 December at Duke Field, Florida.
The MH-139A will replace the US Air Force Global Strike Command’s UH-1N Hueys in support of intercontinental ballistic missile missions.
The helicopter is being acquired from Boeing through a full and open competition at a cost of $2.38 billion for up to 84 aircraft.
Purchased off-the-shelf with military modifications, the MH-139A will provide security and support for the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile fields which span Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska. Other missions include civil search and rescue capabilities, airlift support, National Capital Region missions, survival school and test support.
The fleet will provide vertical airlift and support the requirements of five air force major commands and operating agencies: Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Force District of Washington, Air Education and Training Command, Air Force Materiel Command and Pacific Air Forces.
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