Boeing will build six more MH-47G Block II Chinooks for the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command as part of a US$246.48 million contract. Delivery of these aircraft are 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 manoeuvres while improving safety and reliability of flight.

“APAS is one of many next-level capabilities that allows 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.

Republic of Singapore Air Force CH-47 Chinook Helicopter landing on-board HMAS Adelaide during Exercise Sea Wader 2020 off the coast of Townsville, Queensland.

The Block II — a modernised version of the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter — allows for an increased payload in various flight environments, said Andy Builta, Boeing vice president and H-47 program manager. Block II aircraft also have an improved drive train and rotor system that offers 10 percent more torque capacity, as well as improved electrical and fuel systems.

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