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DoD protects MH-47G production line for urgent USSOCOM requirement | Janes
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DoD protects MH-47G production line for urgent USSOCOM requirement | Janes

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Boeing an undefinitised contract action to protect the production delivery schedule of the MH-47G Chinook helicopter, as it looks to satisfy an urgent operational requirement for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

The USD42.8 million contract modification awarded on 1 November follows an original award for USD80.7 million granted in late June. A full production contract is expected to follow, with delivery of the four new helicopters to the USSOCOM due from 2021 to 2022.

Derived from the baseline CH-47F heavy-lift Chinook, the MH-47G is a specialist special operations forces (SOF) platform that features double-capacity ‘fat’ fuel tanks, an in-flight aerial refuelling probe, a digital advanced flight-control system, and classified sensors and electronic warfare kits specified by SOCOM.

Source: DoD protects MH-47G production line for urgent USSOCOM requirement | Janes