US Air Force UH-1N Replacement Program

The USAF UH-1N Replacement Program aims to replace the fleet of 63 UH-1N helicopters in use since the early 1970s. These aircraft are used by Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC, ICBM 20th Air Force, 37th HS, 40th HS and 54th HS ) , Air Force District of Washington (1st HS VIP), Air Education and Training Command, Pacific Air Forces (459th AS, Japan), and Air Force Material.

On July 13, 2017 the USAF issued the final Request for Proposal (RFP) for a contract award by April/June 2018 which includes 84 helicopters starting with 8 deliveries per year. The Initial Operational Capability (IOC) is expected for fiscal year FY20 or FY21.

Neither Bell, with the UH-1Y, nor Airbus, with the Lakota, are expected to participate.

Sierra Nevada Corp proposes to upgrade ex US Army UH-60A Black Hawk into UH-60L type.

On July 2018, the program entered into “high risk” and possible delayed two years unless Congress approve more funding before fiscal year ends on September 30.

On September 24, 2018 USAF awarded $2.4 billion contract to Boeing for 84 MH-139 helicopters.

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Boeing MH-139

06-Nov-18 - Tour of MH-139 by US Strategic Command ‏ #MH139
25-Sep-18 - USAF Selects MH-139 to Replace UH-1N Fleet #MH139
17-Jul-18 - Boeing Submitted MH-139 Final Proposal to USAF #aircraft
13-Sep-17 - Boeing Submitted MH-139 Proposal to USAF
02-Mar-17 - Boeing Proposes AW139 to Replace USAF UH-1N
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