More than a combat workhorse, the Boeing CH-47 Chinook also protects the UK public through disaster relief, COVID-19 response, and more.
US Navy purchases three additional MH-60R helicopters
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $129 million contract modification to produce and deliver three MH-60R aircraft as replacement-in-kind for the US Navy.
Announced on 29 June, the contract calls for the work to be completed by May 2025 with the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River as the contracting agency.
The MH-60R Romeo, MH-60S Sierra, and S-70B maritime helicopters are all variants of the H-60 Black Hawk and derived from the original SH-60B Bravo Seahawk, which was retired by the USN in 2015.
According to Shephard Defence Insight, the US Navy operates 275 MH-60S and 278 MH-60R aircraft.
According to the Multi-Mission Helicopter (MH-60R) Selected Acquisition Report (FY2017), the average procurement cost of the MH-60R is $37.3 million.
Over the past 40 years, the helicopter known as Bravo November has become symbolic of the qualities of the CH-47 Chinook, earning itself the nickname The Survivor along the way.
For those in the UK's CH-47 Chinook community, the answer is always two Chinooks - no matter what the question is.
European-built helicopters have an unenviably poor reputation in the ADF, a sentiment exacerbated by the latest grounding of the MRH90.
OEM Boeing will remanufacture 12 AH-64E helicopters for the US Army by October 2024.
MD Helicopters has been awarded two independent contract awards worth $43.9 million from the US Army to conduct work in Afghanistan.