Boeing [NYSE: BA] will build six more MH-47G Block II Chinooks for the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command as part of a $246.48 million contract.
Delivery of these aircraft is scheduled to start in 2023. With this additional order, Boeing is now under contract for 30 MH-47G Block II Chinooks, four of which have been delivered to date.
These aircraft will be the first to include the new Active Parallel Actuator Subsystem (APAS), a mission system that helps pilots execute more difficult maneuvers while improving the safety and reliability of flight.
“APAS is one of many next-level capabilities that allow the Chinook to deliver more payload – faster, farther, and smarter,” said Andy Builta, Boeing vice president and H-47 program manager.
The MH-47G Block II Chinook also features improved structure and weight reduction initiatives like new lighter-weight fuel pods that increase performance and efficiency.
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. Boeing’s presence, including suppliers and vendors, supports an estimated 16,000 total jobs in Pennsylvania.
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