Boeing has signed a $265 million contract for nine additional MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters for Army Special Operations Aviation Command, the company announced today in a press release.
The company is now on contract for 24 of the next-generation Chinooks which feature "an improved structure and weight reduction initiatives like the new lighter weight fuel pods that increase performance, efficiency and commonality across the fleet," according to the press release.
The first Block II Chinook for Army Special Operations Aviation will be delivered this year, the release states.
"The G-Model is a critical asset for the Army, our nation, and the defense industrial base," Andy Builta, vice president and H-47 program manager, said in a statement. "We're honored that the Army's special operators trust us to deliver it."
The helicopters will be assembled at Boeing's Philadelphia plant.