“Rescue in military contracts”: Boeing ramps up production of military helicopters


The Boeing Aircraft Corporation, whose business has recently gone far from being the best due to the ban on the operation of 737MAX airliners, which followed after two crashes of this model aircraft in 2018 and 2019, is actively trying to improve the situation by working with its traditional partner, the Pentagon. It should be noted that in this direction the company manages to achieve much greater success than in the matter of returning its famous airbuses to the line.


So, the other day it became known about the successful completion of the first combined test flight of the new MH-139A Gray Wolf helicopter, designed for the US Air Force. It was carried out under the command of a Boeing pilot, but for the first time a military man seated at the helm of the car - Major Zach Roycroft, a leading test pilot of the 413rd flight test squadron of the program. He called the flight

A critical step for the MH-139A program, which will create the basis for government testing.

The enthusiasm of the representatives of the corporation is associated with their ardent desire not to face the extremely tightly controlled representatives of the Federal Boeing aviation US administration.

After extremely unpleasant stories with the 737MAX airliners, which cast a shadow not only on the aircraft giant itself, but also on the state bodies obliged to supervise it, the FAA inspectors carry out inspections not only with a triple, but with a tenfold addiction. At Boeing, they are trying very hard to fulfill all their requirements even before the moment when mixed crews from representatives of the corporation and the Air Force pilots take up the tests of the machine. In turn, the initial military ground tests under the MH-139A program should be completed at the end of this month.

Recall, the new helicopter should replace the morally obsolete UH-1N “Huey” model, which is now in service and which, according to the declared performance characteristics, seriously exceeds both in speed, survivability and range, and in a number of other important parameters.

However, while promoting new developments, Boeing does not forget about the good old classics - not so long ago, representatives of the concern reported on the delivery of the 500th CH-47F Chinook helicopter to the US Army. This transport machine, operated by the US Army and the armed forces of its allied countries since 1962, went through the war in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq and continues to remain in service to this day. However, Boeing says that today they are sending to the troops an already improved and seriously modified helicopter model: with even greater payload, a modernized fuselage, new avionics and other improvements, which also include a digital dashboard known as the Common Avionics Architecture System.

A good one news for the corporation should be the results of the trip of US President Donald trump to India. As you know, during this visit, a contract was signed for the supply of this country's air force with six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, one of the manufacturers of which is just Boeing. Moreover, the head of the White House intends to negotiate the purchase by them of American fighter jets as well, and the products of the aviation giant are also considered as possible options. Well, as long as the 737MAX remains chained to the ground, military contracts remain a real salvation for the Boeing.
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  1. Vladimir_2U 25 February 2020 12: 20 New
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    of famous airbuses
    Yes, the "famous" airbus. Thundered, so to speak.
    1. svp67 25 February 2020 12: 24 New
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      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      of famous airbuses
      Yes, the "famous" airbus. Thundered, so to speak.

      That’s a strange thing ... to call a Boeing airplane an airbus, whichever is a slap in the face and not ask ...
      1. Vladimir_2U 25 February 2020 12: 27 New
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        Well, as if the IL-86 was called an airbus, although yes, it was a long time ago, and then the Airbus did not steer.
        1. svp67 25 February 2020 12: 30 New
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          Quote: Vladimir_2U
          Well, as if the IL-86 was called an Airbus

          Yes, it was, I remember ... now they have changed to "wide-body" ...
          By the way, I liked the IL-86. It was a convenient car for a passenger, you don’t need to hand over your baggage and wait, you load everything yourself on the lower deck, on the upper deck, in the passenger compartment there are plenty of places, walkways are wide, your gangway ...
  2. rocket757 25 February 2020 12: 32 New
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    Each is twisted as it can, after the jambs have done.
  3. Vasily Ponomarev 25 February 2020 13: 17 New
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    the Pentagon said: it is necessary! Boeing replied, there is
    1. Alexey LK 27 February 2020 14: 09 New
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      Quote: Vasily Ponomarev
      the Pentagon said: it is necessary! Boeing replied, there is

      Or maybe the other way around?
  4. Mavrikiy 25 February 2020 13: 20 New
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    “Rescue in military contracts”: Boeing ramps up production of military helicopters
    Well, what's new. We also. Since everything is Chinese from a nail to a car, yum-yum Chinese and Turkish, then the military-industrial complex - help the country out! I think that it is not enough with us, even the factories are required. Air Force, Navy limp.
  5. Nikolay R-PM 25 February 2020 13: 45 New
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    curious pretzel is crafted by the fate of aw-139. It was originally created by the Bellovtsy and Agustovites, then the Italians bought the American share, and later hit the jackpot on its supplies. Now the 139th is returning to America for the highly specialized purposes of American missile launchers, and the Boeing is already the main contractor.
  6. Operator 25 February 2020 14: 10 New
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    MH-139A is the ancient Italian-British AgustaWestland AW139 from 2001 laughing
  7. Tank jacket 25 February 2020 19: 49 New
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    The American concern Boeing Co., one of the world's largest manufacturers of aviation, space and military equipment, for the first time since 1962 did not receive a single new order for the supply of aircraft in January, according to information from the company's website. At the same time, its main competitor - the European Airbus - recorded 274 new orders for the supply of commercial aircraft.
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    Now it is a helicopter company.