Boe­ing launches MH-139 in US Air Force he­li­copter com­pe­ti­tion

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Boe­ing re­cently un­veiled its MH-139 he­li­copter in the com­pe­ti­tion to re­place the US Air Force’s (USAF) UH-1N ‘Huey’ fleet, which cur­rently pro­tects in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles and trans­ports US Govern­ment and se­cu­rity forces. Boe­ing’s re­sponse to the Air Force, re­vealed at the Air Force As­so­ci­a­tion Air War­fare Sym­po­sium, is based on the mar­ket-lead­ing Leonardo Helicopters AW139, a mod­ern, non-de­vel­op­men­tal, mul­ti­mis­sion he­li­copter.

“This North­east Philadel­phia-built air­craft is sized to meet USAF re­quire­ments and of­fers more than $1 bil­lion in ac­qui­si­tion and life-cy­cle ex­pense sav­ings over 30 years when com­pared to com­peti­tor air­craft,” said David Koop­er­smith, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager, Boe­ing Ver­ti­cal Lift.

The US Air Force’s UH-1N Re­place­ment Pro­gram plans to re­place the cur­rent Huey fleet — which en­tered ser­vice in the 1970s — with up to 84 new helicopters.

“The Huey re­place­ment is of vi­tal im­por­tance to the Air Force, and the MH-139 is the right so­lu­tion for those mis­sions,” said Judy Fed­der, Direc­tor of Global Sales & Mar­ket­ing, Boe­ing In­te­grated Lo­gis­tics, and a re­tired USAF Lt Gen­eral. “The fact that the AW139 is be­ing built to­day on an ac­tive pro­duc­tion line will speed it to meet the time-crit­i­cal de­mand fol­low­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Al­most 900 AW139s are in ser­vice with more than 250 gov­ern­ments, mil­i­taries and com­pa­nies across the world. More than 250 of the helicopters have been as­sem­bled and de­liv­ered from Philadel­phia.

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