Boeing has obtained a $34-million cost plus fixed fee contract for an MH-47G special operations variant Chinook from the U.S. Army. Delivery is expected by Oct. 31, 2015. This is the first of eight scheduled for handover to the U.S. Army through 2017.
The first MH-47G was deployed in 2007 and the final airframe of the 61 remanufactured MH-47Gs was delivered to the Army in March 2011. However, the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review saw the initiation of a new program to increase the total number of MH-47Gs for use by the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) from 61 to 69 aircraft.
In 2011 a new-start program was initiated to add an extra eight MH-47Gs into the SOCOM fleet. The MH-47G Plus 8 program will incorporate SOF modifications but is similarly constructed along the lines of the CH-47F with a monolithic frame.
In July this year, the Pentagon’s latest Quadrennial Roles and Missions Review (QRMR) was submitted to the Senate and House Armed Services committees. It was expected to support the expansion of the MH-47G fleet as part of investment to meet the stated policy objectives for the FY13-FY17 period, namely: “countering terrorism; deterring and defeating aggression; maintaining a safe, secure nuclear deterrent; and defending the homeland and providing support to civil authorities.”
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