Boeing unveils prototype to replace Air Force's `Huey' fleet

Boeing recently unveiled its MH-139 helicopter in the competition to replace the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N “Huey” fleet that protects intercontinental ballistic missiles and transports U.S. government and security forces.

The Air Force UH-1N Replacement Program plans to replace the Huey fleet, which entered service in the 1970s.   File photo

Boeing recently unveiled its MH-139 helicopter in the competition to replace the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N “Huey” fleet that protects intercontinental ballistic missiles and transports U.S. government and security forces.

The U.S. Air Force UH-1N Replacement Program plans to replace the Huey fleet -- which entered service in the 1970s -- with up to 84 new helicopters.

“The Huey replacement is of vital importance to the Air Force, and the MH-139 is the right solution for those missions,” said Judy Fedder, director of Global Sales & Marketing for Boeing Integrated Logistics and a retired Air Force lieutenant general. "The fact that the AW139 is being built today on an active production line will speed it to meet the time-critical demand following the competition."

Boeing’s response to the Air Force, revealed at the recent Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium, is based on the market-leading Leonardo Helicopters AW139, a modern, non-developmental, multi-mission helicopter.

“This Northeast Philadelphia-built aircraft is sized to meet U.S. Air Force requirements and offers more than $1 billion in acquisition and lifecycle expense savings over 30 years when compared to competitor aircraft,” David Koopersmith, vice president and general manager, Boeing Vertical Lift, said.

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