The US Air Force’s new helicopter is MH-139
- September 25, 2018
Boeing has won a $2.4 billion contract to produce MH-139 helicopter and related support to the U.S. Air Force to replace the UH-1N “Huey” helicopters used to guard the service’s nuclear missile silos.
The Air Force is expected to order up to 84 helicopters, with the first entering service by 2021.
“We’re grateful for the Air Force’s confidence in our MH-139 team,” said David Koopersmith, vice president and general manager, Boeing Vertical Lift. “The MH-139 exceeds mission requirements, it’s also ideal for VIP transport, and it offers the Air Force up to $1 billion in acquisition and lifecycle cost savings.”
The MH-139 derives from the Leonardo AW139. Leonardo will assemble the helicopters at its northeast Philadelphia plant, with Boeing integrating military-specific components at its facility south of that city. The contract also includes operations, maintenance, training systems, and support equipment for the MH-139 aircraft.