Boeing has been awarded a contract modification under an earlier delivery order for four new build MH-47G Chinook special operations helicopter.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification, worth around $42 million, was awarded by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The contract modification satisfies an urgent need to sustain U.S. Special Operations Forces heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft.
The contract modification is funded with fiscal 2018 procurement; and aircraft procurement, Army funds. The majority of the work will be performed in Ridley Park.
The MH-47G Chinook is the special operations-configured variant of the CH-47 Chinook twin-engined, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter. It is manufactured by Boeing and operated by the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), or ‘Night Stalkers’.
The Chinooks are flown in the heavy assault role by the 160th SOAR. This includes the insertion, extraction of Special Operations Forces (SOF). The aircraft can also be used in the resupply role. Another role for the MH-47 is to act as an airborne C2 (command and control) platform.
The new build MH-47G configuration incorporates a number of production improvements to include the digital advanced flight control system, more robust, improved monolithic machined-frames, and improved air transportability.
The U.S. Army currently operates 69 Boeing MH-47G Chinook helicopters. Boeing is also developing a Block II configuration for the Army MH-47G Chinook.