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Looking Back: New Helicopter for the Air Force, 2018

The Air Force announced that it has awarded a $378 million order for four MH-139 helicopters.  The MH-139 is to replace the UH-1N, the USAF version of the famed Huey.  The four helicopters ordered are the first of some 84 machines to be procured within a $2.38 billion contract.  According to Ms. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, “strong competition drove down the costs for the program, resulting in a savings of $1.7 billion to the taxpayer.”[1]

An MH-139 for the Air Force, to replace the UH-N1.  MH-139 is a variant of the Leonardo AW-139 / Photo: courtesy Boeing

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