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US Air Force Adopts New MH-139A Gray Wolf Helicopter

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US Air Force Adopts New MH-139A Gray Wolf Helicopter

The first multi-purpose helicopter Boeing / Leonardo МН-139А Gray Wolf. Strategic aviation US Air Force Command


The U.S. Air Force has adopted the new multi-role helicopter Leonardo (Agusta Westland) AW139, which received the official designation MH-139A Gray Wolf. The official naming ceremony of the helicopter was held at the Duke Field air base (Florida).

On December 19, 2019, the United States Strategic Aviation Command (Air Force Global Strike Command) received the first production helicopter MH-139A Gray Wolf. The machine entered service with the 413rd US Air Force Test Squadron based at Duke Field, where these vehicles will have to undergo military tests. Three more MN-139A helicopters will enter the squadron in January-February 2020.

In the future, the MH-139A Gray Wolf helicopters will replace the fleet of obsolete Bell UH-1N Huey helicopters used to ensure the security of US ground-based strategic silo-based ICBMs.

In September 2018, Boeing won a contract to replace Huey in the amount of 2,38 billion. The company’s offer was a military version of the commercial helicopter AW139 manufactured by Italian company Leonardo. This helicopter won the competition from the UH-60 Black Hawk, presented by Lockheed Martin Sikorsky and Sierra Nevada Corp.

In total, the US Air Force plans to purchase 84 Boeing MH-139A helicopters, the cost of the procurement program, together with technical support and training of personnel, is estimated at $ 2,4 billion. Deliveries to training and line units should begin in fiscal year 2021.

Currently, the U.S. Air Force uses 62 Bell UH-1N Huey helicopters, which began to enter service in 1970, to ensure the safety of strategic silo-based missile systems.




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  1. Observer2014
    Observer2014 21 December 2019 18: 08
    +4
    Why is this "Gray Wolf" better than "Black Hawk Down"?
    1. The leader of the Redskins
      The leader of the Redskins 21 December 2019 18: 13
      +2
      Uninformative message. No data whatsoever.
      1. Observer2014
        Observer2014 21 December 2019 18: 15
        +1
        Quote: Leader of the Redskins
        Uninformative message. No data whatsoever.

        I agree. We'll have to google it. Intrigue however.
        1. Chaldon48
          Chaldon48 22 December 2019 04: 01
          0
          I don’t understand, for the maintenance of missile mines, a cargo-passenger helicopter is needed, well, would they fly on what is or is this carrying capacity higher?
    2. Oleg83
      Oleg83 21 December 2019 18: 26
      +8
      Quote: Observer2014
      Why is this "Gray Wolf" better than "Black Hawk Down"?

      Apparently this - in terms of safety, this helicopter provides protection against electromagnetic pulses, electromagnetic interference and powerful electromagnetic fields.
      AW 139 is the only helicopter in its weight category that can be equipped with an integrated anti-icing system and at the same time develop a cruising speed of up to 306 km / h.
    3. bayard
      bayard 21 December 2019 18: 27
      +5
      Lighter and cheaper, the class is approximately equal to our failed Ka-60 \ 62.
      1. Sky strike fighter
        Sky strike fighter 21 December 2019 18: 31
        +8
        MH-139A Gray Wolf looks similar to our Mi-8 / Mi-171.
      2. Sky strike fighter
        Sky strike fighter 21 December 2019 18: 50
        0
        Quote: bayard
        Lighter and cheaper, the class is approximately equal to our failed Ka-60 \ 62.

        Why the failed Ka-60/62? The helicopter completely took place, it was simply not particularly in demand for the military, it was more in demand as a civilian helicopter, but again there are many of these in the helicopter market.
        http://otvaga2004.ru/kaleydoskop/kaleydoskop-air/istoriya-kasatki/
        1. bayard
          bayard 21 December 2019 19: 01
          +2
          There are no domestic engines for it. The rest is from the evil one.
          There would be engines, there would be a helicopter, there would be orders. State corporations would strain in the end - to start.
          The Ka-60 was planned as a landing party on the Mistral.
          They could not organize licensed production of engines for them, they didn’t buy them - sanctions do not allow them. And theirs for them were not planned or developed, they hoped for international cooperation, but real life tore the pink dreams to shreds.
          1. Sky strike fighter
            Sky strike fighter 21 December 2019 20: 24
            +1
            There are domestic engines RD-600V.

            For the Ka-62 helicopter, the Rybinsk Design Bureau of Motor Engineering (chief designer A.S. Novikov) developed a new-generation gas turbine engine RD-600V, which has the characteristics of the best foreign gas turbine engines.


            LTH:

            Modification: Ka-62
            The diameter of the main screw, m: 13,5
            Length, m: 13,25
            Height, m: 4,1
            Weight, kg
            -empty: 3730
            - maximum take-off: 6250
            Engine Type: 2 x GTD RD-600V
            -power, kW: 2 x 955
            Maximum speed km / h: 300
            Cruising speed, km / h: 260
            Fighting radius, km: 720
            Rate of climb, m / min: 702
            Practical ceiling, m: 5000
            Crew, people: 1-2
            Payload: 16 passengers or 2500 kg of cargo.

            http://авиару.рф/aviamuseum/aviatsiya/rf/vertolety/vertolety-okb-im-kamova/mnogotselevoj-vertolet-ka-62/
            1. bayard
              bayard 21 December 2019 20: 38
              0
              Well, okay, once developed, then it will fly. She has a nice car and a niche - the Mi-8 is redundant for many tasks and flies with underload, while it consumes fuel and resource. The consumption of engines with a thrust of 2500 l \ s (for Mi-8 \ 17) and an incomplete thousand (for Ka-62) is a very noticeable difference, and the same tasks can be solved - oil and gas companies, the Ministry of Emergencies, administrative transport in t .h. in the VIP version, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, special services, ambulance aircraft, small passenger aircraft.
            2. Private-K
              Private-K 21 December 2019 21: 27
              +2
              That's why the Russian RD-600V engines began to be developed and developed, which would be used by the Russian Defense Ministry.
              In general, the trouble with the Ka-62 is that it did not fall into a practical dimension. That is, when they started, it was all normal, it was popular. And then rrraz - and switched to other dimensions.
              The prospect of a military Ka-62: a ship wagon for warships of medium and small displacement (where it is difficult to push the Ka-27 / -32) and a delivery passenger member-ship.
          2. Chaldon48
            Chaldon48 22 December 2019 04: 05
            0
            Dreams, dreams, where is your sweetness? Dreams are gone, left to guess. [quote] [/ quote]
    4. Private-K
      Private-K 21 December 2019 21: 32
      0
      Black Hawk, after all, was originally an airborne station wagon. With all the consequences. And the US Air Force needs a simple passenger delivery helicopter. Well, for the price, I suspect Black Hawk will be more expensive.
      And in general, this new helicopter company, created from three old ones - Augusta Westland - makes a whole line of very successful helicopters with the number "9" in the model names. They turned out to be very practical machines - helicopter pilots respect them very much.
    5. Mytholog
      Mytholog 22 December 2019 02: 29
      0
      Quote: Observer2014
      Why is this "Gray Wolf" better than "Black Hawk Down"?

      Apparently - more economical to maintain. Several sources have already seen complaints about the hawk.
  2. Tsoy
    Tsoy 21 December 2019 18: 21
    +4


    For those who want to take a closer look at the AW-139.
  3. tractor driver
    tractor driver 21 December 2019 18: 22
    -5
    The author has a lot of mistakes
    new helicopter MH-139A

    MI-38 is written with errors.
    And in the photo he looks somehow worse.
    Yes, and not adopted by the United States
    laughing
    1. donavi49
      donavi49 21 December 2019 19: 33
      +3
      In general, these augusts (well, or rather, the Yankees have a special version, charged, and in the special detachment the usual 139 in VIP performance) carry Putin and Medvedev.

      1. Lopatov
        Lopatov 21 December 2019 19: 40
        0
        It’s kind of like a Russian assembly near Moscow.
        1. donavi49
          donavi49 21 December 2019 19: 43
          +1
          No. These are just foreign.
          In addition to the two eight-seat AW139 helicopters, the RA-01981 and RA-01982, issued in 2011 и 2012 years, respectively, SLO plans to get two more cars of this type, but already in the configuration for six places. What is curious, the price of one will be 1,068 billion against 665 million at the first delivery.

          Helivert raised the first 139 in 2013. At the same time, it goes to oil industry workers, and not to the Arctic Ocean.
          1. Lopatov
            Lopatov 21 December 2019 19: 44
            0
            And MO refused whose cars?
            1. PSih2097
              PSih2097 21 December 2019 19: 56
              +1
              Quote: Spade
              And MO refused whose cars?

              from kamovskys.


              1. Lopatov
                Lopatov 21 December 2019 20: 53
                +1
                Quote: PSih2097
                from kamovskys

                Ministry of Defense refused from helicopters "Augusta Westland".

                It was planned to take 35 AW139 units
                And now I wonder whose cars are assembled near Moscow or fully imported.
                1. PSih2097
                  PSih2097 21 December 2019 22: 19
                  0
                  Quote: Spade
                  And now I wonder whose cars are assembled near Moscow or fully imported.

                  domestic assembly in VIP configuration for 15 - 20 million dollars - 7 pieces ...
  4. lucul
    lucul 21 December 2019 18: 40
    +2
    The U.S. Air Force adopts the new Leonardo (Agusta Westland) AW139 multi-role helicopter,

    Something on the Mi-8 looks like ....
  5. gridasov
    gridasov 21 December 2019 19: 02
    +1
    Here I sit and think how one perfection differs from another new one.
  6. Ham
    Ham 21 December 2019 19: 57
    +1
    the same black hawk with blackjack and low social responsibility women?
  7. eagle owl
    eagle owl 21 December 2019 20: 40
    +1
    The only thing that is bad for them is the Boeing. But in Boeing lately everything is through the opa. 737 mouse officially discontinued assembly and 7 hundred defective cases rust in the open. The tanker, which in 2017 should already be in operation, has not been finished to this day. and therefore. that they made a mistake even at the design stage, stupidly not believing that the tanks of the right volume simply do not fit into the compartment (smoking is evil! Especially anasha!) Three axes too - fell on a crash test ...
    1. Ironcity
      Ironcity 21 December 2019 22: 00
      -1
      He is a Boeing, but not quite. Augusta enters Boeing, but the helicopters make excellent problems that the head Boeing did not have.
      1. eagle owl
        eagle owl 21 December 2019 22: 21
        -5
        Who knows. All that I have listed is not the shoals of engineers or of the production segment, in the sense of hard workers. And leadership, "effective management", is his mother. And the CONCERN has one idea. For example, with 737 that they split off. For optimization purposes wink They began to rivet the hulls section by section in different countries, it was assumed that they would twist stupidly on the head section. For what. By the way, highly qualified (and therefore highly paid) staff is not needed fuck - tighten the nut. They fired such personnel, recruited Meks from the street. And then oops! It turned out that the technological holes in the sections do not match stupidly! There is a hole for the bolt in one section. there is no other. And if they also "naoptimize" with helicopters ...
        1. Pete mitchell
          Pete mitchell 22 December 2019 04: 24
          -2
          Quote: Uhu
          How to know. All that I ...

          Can I link to the original story? Otherwise, I often use boeing ones very, very much, therefore your statement is exciting.
          1. eagle owl
            eagle owl 22 December 2019 04: 55
            -2
            I'm sorry ... Well, for example:
            https://afirsov.livejournal.com/450216.html
            In general, go over there on the Boeing tag - at first I did not believe it either laughing
            1. Pete mitchell
              Pete mitchell 22 December 2019 11: 26
              -1
              You do not seem to understand: I requested a link to the original, not livejournal.
              1. eagle owl
                eagle owl 22 December 2019 15: 22
                -1
                Oh, this is for you to google.
                https://mirnov.ru/ekonomika/novosti-transporta-avtomobilnye-novosti/krushenie-boeing-bylo-neizbezhnym.html
                yet again...
                1. Pete mitchell
                  Pete mitchell 22 December 2019 15: 53
                  0
                  I still wildly apologize: you except squeeze in minus and watering boeing can still be able to carefully perceive what has been written - the original, this is not speculation of unknown characters, but a link to FAA, EASA & co, FBI, or at least flightglobal. With all this, it is boeing that sets the tone, and in the field of technology development, they are also not the last
  8. eagle owl
    eagle owl 21 December 2019 23: 03
    -1
    MOSCOW, Dec 21 - RIA News. A video appeared on the web of the emergency landing of a Boeing 767 aircraft by the Japanese airline ANA (All Nippon Airways) at the departure airport.

    Recently, one Boeing poured an engine on Rome, and the other on Paris ... Lepily ...
    1. Golovan Jack
      Golovan Jack 21 December 2019 23: 08
      -2
      Quote: Uhu
      ... Lepily ...

      Doctors have something to do with it? belay laughing
    2. Oleg83
      Oleg83 21 December 2019 23: 13
      +1
      Quote: Uhu
      MOSCOW, Dec 21 - RIA News. A video appeared on the web of the emergency landing of a Boeing 767 aircraft by the Japanese airline ANA (All Nippon Airways) at the departure airport.

      Recently, one Boeing poured an engine on Rome, and the other on Paris ... Lepily ...


      Boeing engines do not produce
      1. eagle owl
        eagle owl 21 December 2019 23: 25
        -1
        The inhabitants of Rome and Paris somehow do not care:

        The plane released the Boeing, he checked the engines. The plane is stupidly dangerous. And even more dangerous are those who launched it in a series and put it on regular airlines
        1. Oleg83
          Oleg83 21 December 2019 23: 33
          0
          Quote: Uhu
          The inhabitants of Rome and Paris somehow do not care:

          The plane released the Boeing, he checked the engines. The plane is stupidly dangerous. And even more dangerous are those who launched it in a series and put it on regular airlines


          Or maybe it is for airlines under repair and those. maintenance is not worth saving and producing it on time, and not when the engine starts to crumble
          1. eagle owl
            eagle owl 21 December 2019 23: 44
            0
            Typical disasters speak of marriage. So first, Boeing should not save on quality. In the same companies, with the same service, Bombardier and Airbus are not raining. Crooked-handed American aircraft manufacturers nothing (s). They are children
            1. Pete mitchell
              Pete mitchell 23 December 2019 13: 35
              -1
              I want to ask you, what boeing did not please you and what do you advocate? I apologize, but apparently your knowledge of how aviation functions is very superficial. Maybe I'm certainly wrong, but all sorts of livejournal and others like them do not give objective information, but rather carry a negative attitude of specific characters. All the manufacturers you listed are basically about the same level of potential trouble. And this passage
              Quote: Uhu
              Typical disasters speak of marriage
              It leads to complete ignorance of the real situation.
              I do not defend any of them, but let's be objective: every second plane in the sky is boeing, so they are well known. Have a nice day
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