Boeing launches MH-139 in US Air Force helicopter competitio­n


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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