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Boeing Begins MH-139A Grey Wolf Multi-mission Helicopter Production

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Boeing Begins MH-139A Grey Wolf Multi-mission Helicopter Production

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MH-139A Grey Wolf intercontinental ballistic missile base security and support helicopter
MH-139A Grey Wolf intercontinental ballistic missile base security and support helicopter

Boeing will begin production on the first 13 MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopters, following the award of a $285 million U.S. Air Force contract for aircraft, sustainment and support services. The MH-139A’s enhanced capabilities allow it to accomplish missions more quickly, quietly and efficiently. With a 50 percent increase in speed and range, and an increase of 5,000 pounds max gross weight, the aircraft can execute the U.S. Air Force’s mission of protecting intercontinental ballistic missiles across the country.

“My teammates at Leonardo, together with Boeing, are eager to continue our partnership and ensure the success of the MH-139A program,” said Clyde Woltman, CEO of Leonardo Helicopters U.S.

“Advancing the program from testing and evaluation to production is a major step toward entering the MH-139 into service and providing the U.S. Air Force with additional missile security for decades. We are working diligently to begin deliveries next year,” said Azeem Khan, Boeing’s MH-139 program director.

A MH-139 Grey Wolf lifts off for a mission Aug. 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The Grey Wolf sortie was the first flight since the Air Force took over ownership of the aircraft Aug. 10.  It also marked the first all-Air Force personnel flight as well in the Air Force’s newest helicopter.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
A MH-139 Grey Wolf lifts off for a mission Aug. 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Grey Wolf sortie was the first flight since the Air Force took over ownership of the aircraft Aug. 10. It also marked the first all-Air Force personnel flight as well in the Air Force’s newest helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

The MH-139A team consists of Boeing, as the prime contractor, and Leonardo as an original equipment manufacturer. Leonardo produces the helicopter at its plant in northeast Philadelphia, while Boeing is responsible for military equipment procurement and installation and post-delivery support of the aircraft. By offering a proven AW-139 platform and integrating additional military capabilities into the MH-139A, the Boeing-Leonardo team provides the U.S. Air Force with the most capable product for the mission.

Boeing’s MH-139A Grey Wolf is a multi-mission helicopter – based on the proven commercial AW139 helicopter – designed to protect intercontinental ballistic missiles and transport U.S. government officials and security forces. Produced in the United States, the MH-139A provides an off-the-shelf, readily available solution combining performance, operational flexibility and safety. Capitalizing on a global supply network with a fleet of more than 250 customers, 900 aircraft and two million flight hours, the Boeing MH-139A will deliver unrivaled affordability, supportability and reliability for substantial life cycle savings.

Lt. Col. Mary Clark, 96th Operations Group, steps toward the MH-139 Grey Wolf prior to a sortie Aug. 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The Grey Wolf sortie was the first flight since the Air Force took over ownership of the aircraft Aug. 10.  It also marked the first all-Air Force personnel flight as well in the Air Force’s newest helicopter.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
Lt. Col. Mary Clark, 96th Operations Group, steps toward the MH-139 Grey Wolf prior to a sortie Aug. 17 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Grey Wolf sortie was the first flight since the Air Force took over ownership of the aircraft Aug. 10. It also marked the first all-Air Force personnel flight as well in the Air Force’s newest helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

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