Boeing says the MH-139 Helicopter Could Save USAF $1 Billion

Boeing says the MH-139 Helicopter Could Save USAF $1 Billion

The US Group launched an active commercial campaign to promote its MH-139 helicopter (which is derived from Leonardo AgustaWestland AW139) in the United States

Boeing launched an interesting commercial campaign to promote its MH-139 helicopter in the United States. The US Company said that its proposal for MH-139 helicopter (which is derived from AgustaWestland AW139) to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging Huey fleet could save more than $1 billion in acquisition costs and lifecycle expenses.

Earlier in September 2017 the company submitted its bid for the Air Force to buy up to 84 MH-139s to protect the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and meet certain domestic military transport needs.

A contract award is expected next year.

The UH-1N Huey fleet entered service in the 1970s.

The MH-139 is based on the AW139 that’s in service with more than 250 government, military, and commercial operators around the world. Leonardo Helicopters builds the market-leading aircraft in Philadelphia.

HOW THE MH-139 COULD SAVE USAF $1 BILLION

Boeing believes its solution is the most economical and that the MH-139 could allow the US Air Force to save more than $ 1 billion in terms of operating costs. Boeing also highlights the fact that the AW139 is already in production and that nearly 900 aircraft of this type have been sold worldwide in different configurations.

For this tender, Boeing is competing with Lockheed Martin offering the HH-60U proven platform. Bell should also participate with the UH-1Y. After contemplating acquiring Black Hawk directly, the US Air Force was forced by Congress to open an open competition with a call for tender.

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