The U.S. Air Force has received four MH-139A Grey Wolf test aircraft from Boeing [NYSE: BA] as it gets ready to replace its ailing UH-1N helicopter fleet.
Based on the reliable commercial AW139 helicopter, the Grey Wolf is a multi-mission aircraft with the ability to transport security personnel and government officials as well as safeguard intercontinental ballistic missiles. For 80 helicopters, training systems, and related support equipment, Boeing was awarded a $2.4 billion contract in September 2018.
In comparison to the UH-1N Huey it replaces, the Grey Wolf is a more advanced, adaptable aircraft, delivering more range, speed, and endurance, according to Mark Cherry, vice president, and general manager of Boeing Vertical Lift. “I am pleased of our team for helping us reach this milestone, which is a fantastic first step in a long series of Grey Wolf deliveries, along with our partner Leonardo.
While Boeing is in charge of the helicopter’s post-delivery assistance and post-purchase maintenance, Leonardo manufactures the helicopter at its facility in northeast Philadelphia.
Boeing has the most advanced military rotorcraft in the world, and the company is known for developing advanced solutions that deliver proven capabilities. Boeing has 60 years of experience and a global fleet of over 2,500 aircraft, including the AH-6 Little Bird, AH-64 Apache, V-22 Osprey, and H-47 Chinook, as well as in-development entrants such as the MH-139A Grey Wolf and DEFIANT X.