Armed Forces News

The Air Force has selected Boeing’s MH-139 as the replacement aircraft for its 40-year-old fleet of UH-1N Huey helicopters. The $2.38 billion contract calls for 84 aircraft, with the first joining the inventory by 2021. The Air Force announced its decision on Sept. 24, stating that the initial portion of the contract calls for $375 million to produce the first four aircraft, including the integration of “non-developmental items” that would enable fliers and crews to use them as soon as they take delivery. The MH-139 platform is based upon the Leonardo AW139, which is in service with more than 270 government, military and commercial entities worldwide. Leonardo Aircraft. Both companies will work together in assembling the Air Force helicopters at Boeing’s Philadelphia plant.