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Re: "Boeing MH-139" to replace UH-1N ...

Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:37 am

MHG wrote:
rlwynn wrote:
It is not a joke. Boeing put the deal together with an already American made helicopter and they are branding it a Boeing. It just the same as with a myriad of other military products

Just to remind you Leonardo is an Italian company and in this particular case they´re manufactured in Philadelphia.
I understand it´s the same approach as Airbus having a production line in the US now ...

But it´s still more a European "brain child" adapted to US needs.
I´m fine with that and I know it happens in many other fields too but I´m still scratching my head why societies in general fool themself by somehow pretending it´s "home made" ...

could it be that it was built for US use by Boeing Vertol?
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Re: Boeing MH-139 News and Discussion Thread

Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:49 pm

Built is in the eye of the beholder. Final assembly of a US customized version can still be considered "built in USA". Better still if all, most components, came from US suppliers but with such a small production run thats not likely.
Anyone know how much of the UH72 is actually manufactured in the US?
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Re: Boeing MH-139 News and Discussion Thread

Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:34 pm

trex8 wrote:
Anyone know how much of the UH72 is actually manufactured in the US?

Had to be at least 50% content to meet the US DoD acquisition rules but it wouldn't be hard to source enough US content to meet the requirements.
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Re: Boeing MH-139 News and Discussion Thread

Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:20 am

OT&E has started for the MH-139 and will continue until the type is scheduled to officially enters service in December.

USAF begins Grey Wolf operational testing

The US Air Force (USAF) has begun operational testing of the Boeing MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter, ahead of the type’s arrival into service later in December.

The service announced on 19 February that the Air Force Materiel Command’s 413th Flight Test Squadron (FTS) flew the helicopter’s first combined Boeing-USAF test flight eight days earlier on 11 February.

“With a Boeing pilot in command, this test flight allowed the [USAF] its first in-flight look at the capabilities of the aircraft. The flight also made Major Zach Roycroft, 413th Flight Test Squadron lead test pilot for the programme, the first Air Force pilot to fly Grey Wolf,” the service said.

As noted by the USAF, this first flight with Boeing was a critical step for the MH-139A programme, and allowed it to establish a foundation for government testing. The MH-139A programme should complete initial military ground testing later this month.

Though the location of the flight was not disclosed, previously the USAF had said that the 413th FTS – the USAF’s only dedicated helicopter test unit – would work with Detachment 7 at Duke Field in Florida. These units will later relocate to Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, to perform additional testing and evaluation of the aircraft.

... ... al-testing
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Re: Boeing MH-139 News and Discussion Thread

Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:13 am

An Air Force Magazine article on the same. ... f-arrives/

The Grey Wolf is armored and has countermeasures on board, along with a pintle-mounted machine gun capability. Its modern avionics enable flying in poor weather, and an improved four-axis autopilot and improved automation that “helps a pilot in a high-workload situation,” Clark said. “It’s almost like having a third pilot with you.”

The MH-139 is also outfitted with a forward-looking infrared camera system, which will be used both to help crews find survivors for possible rescue missions and help target “bad guys,” Clark said.

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