SOCOM awards Boeing $271M contract for six remanufactured Chinooks

By Dan Schere / December 11, 2023 at 5:25 PM

Army Special Operations Aviation Command has awarded Boeing a $271 million contract to produce six remanufactured MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters, the company announced today. The contract is part of the Army's modernization push, according to Boeing.

The contract was awarded through a “noncompetitive modification to an existing delivery order,” according to a Dec. 8 Pentagon notice. Work is expected to be completed by May 2027.

Boeing’s Block II fleet have redesigned fuel tanks, a stronger fuselage and an improved drivetrain, according to the company. Boeing delivered the first MH-47G Block II to SOCOM in September 2020.

Heather McBryan, Boeing’s vice president and program manager for cargo programs, said in a statement Monday that “with the new and improved MH-47G Block II aircraft, USASOAC is not only receiving the most capable Chinook helicopter, they are also provided the flexibility to add additional upgrades as their needs evolve over time.”

The Army is also scheduled to decide on a CH-47F Block II procurement strategy by the end of this calendar year. As of Monday there were no updates, according to the service’s Program Executive Office for Aviation.