Boeing garners $2.38 billion contract to replace the legacy UH-1N helicopters

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. U.S. Air Force officials selected Boeing to deliver its MH-139 helicopter and related support to replace the UH-1N "Huey" helicopters. The first operational helicopter delivery is expected in Fiscal Year 2021.

Air Force officials awarded the first portion of a $2.38 billion firm-fixed-price contract this week to Boeing. Approximately $375 million in funds was released for the first four helicopters and includes the integration of non-developmental items. This additional equipment integrated into the aircraft will ensure the helicopters are ready to meet warfighter needs upon delivery, officials explain.

The $2.38 billion program calls for 84 helicopters, training devices, and associated support equipment. The contract also includes operations, maintenance, training systems, and support equipment for the MH-139 aircraft.

The total program cost for the UH-1N Replacement Program reflects the exercise of all options. According to Air Force officials, the Air Force pursued a full and open competition to deliver increased capabilities to warfighters. This replacement will provide the necessary speed, range, endurance and carrying capacity needed to meet the requirements of five Air Force major commands.

"A safe, secure and effective nuclear enterprise is job one," says Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. "It is imperative that we field a capable and effective helicopter to replace UH-1Ns providing security for our ICBMs and nuclear deterrence operations."