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MH-47G Block II Chinooks for USASOAC

16th July 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Boeing has received a $139.8 million contract from the US Army Special Operations Aviation Command for the delivery of four MH-47G Chinook Block II helicopters, the company announced on 11 July.

These helicopters mark the start of a Block II production run, which is expected to extend into the late 2020s. The Block II programme upgrades include an increase in lift capability, new advanced Chinook rotor blades, new fuel system, an upgraded fuselage and new drivetrain. They will be delivered in 2020.

Boeing is also developing a Block II configuration for the US Army CH-47F Chinook.

Pat Donnelly, director, H-47 domestic and foreign military sale programs, Boeing, said: ‘The army uses the MH-47G for some of its most difficult and challenging missions. By incorporating key Block II features we significantly extend the service life, enhance performance and maintain Chinook’s position as the world’s preeminent special operations helicopter.’

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