RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa., Oct. 3 (UPI) —
The first of eight new-build Chinook helicopters configured for special operations use has been delivered by Boeing to the U.S. Army.
The MH-47G, a variant of the CH-47, has a maximum speed of 170 knots, a range of 400 nautical miles and a combat range of 200 nautical miles and advanced avionics, such as digital advanced flight control. The aircraft also features improved monolithic machined-frames.
The new helicopters will be delivered to the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command through next year under a contract valued at $300 million.
"It is an honor to be trusted to design, produce and deliver this advanced capability for the Army Special Operations customer," said Steve Parker, vice president, cargo helicopters & H-47 program manager.
"The advanced technology inherent in the new-build MH-47G ensures that the users and operators will have the superior mission capability that they require. This delivery also begins a new chapter that will carry the Chinook forward for many more decades and is the latest demonstration of Boeing and the wider Team Chinook’s commitment to delivering upon promises made."
Boeing said the helicopter was delivered a month ahead of schedule.