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MH-139 ... qualche dettaglio ...

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The first MH-139 for the Air Force - which replaces the UH-1N Huey in the roles of nuclear missile field support, VIP transport, and some other missions - is in production at Agusta-Westland facilities north of St. Louis, Mo., and if there are no hiccups, it will fly by the end of the year, Boeing officials reported.
The Agusta-Westland facility, part of Boeing’s major subcontractor, Leonardo, will assemble the fuselage, put on the rotors, and essentially build a civilian version of the aircraft, Rick Lemaster, company director of vertical lift marketing, told reporters in a briefing at Boeing’s Philadelphia, Pa., helicopter factory on May 16. 
It is then handed over to Boeing, which militarizes it for the Air Force’s unique missions. 
Boeing will convert the vanilla aircraft into an MH-139 by changing the baggage door compartment to “allow some special equipment to be installed” that the Air Force declines to identify. 
Defensive aids, such as flare dispensers and missile warning systems will be added, as will the machine gun mount and a “crashworthy, self-sealing fuel tank,” Lemaster explained.  
Additionally, ballistic protection will be added to the floor and cockpit.
Once complete, the aircraft will receive USAF certification and fly off to their duty station.

... airforcemag.com ... Boeing Gearing Up for MH-139 Test Models, Production ...

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MH-139 ... imminenti le prime consegne all'USAF ...

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The Air Force will receive its first MH-139 helicopter for testing in December, as it enters the next phase of the $2.4 billion effort to replace the Vietnam-era UH-1N Hueys, the head of Air Force Global Strike Command said Sept. 18.
Boeing and Leonardo are teaming up to provide the MH-139s, a new military variant of a civilian helicopter the Air Force chose one year ago. 
The fleet of up to 84 airframes will replace Bell-made UH-1 Hueys at nuclear missile fields across the US and for other transport and VIP missions. 
After years of trying to get a helicopter on contract, the Air Force required that Boeing deliver the first two aircraft by the end of 2019.
“We have a very good helicopter, and everything is on track,” AFGSC Commander Gen. Tim Ray told reporters at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference. 

... airforcemag.com ... Huey Replacement Helo to Start Testing in December ...

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E allora ... lo chiameremo ... "Grey Wolf" ... 🐺

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The U.S. Air Force accepted its first MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopter Thursday, paving the way for the replacement of the aging UH-1N Huey helicopters that have patrolled missile fields for almost five decades.
Air Force Global Strike Command head. Gen. Timothy Ray announced the name of the aircraft during a ceremony commemorating the first M-139 delivery on Dec. 19 at Duke Field, Florida.
Boeing won the $2.38 billion Huey replacement contract in September 2018. 
The company’s offering — a militarized version of the commercial AW139 helicopter made by Italian firm Leonardo — beat out Lockheed Martin Sikorsky and Sierra Nevada Corp. in an upset.

... defensenews.com ... https://www.defensenews.com/air/2019/12/19/the-air-forces-uh-1n-huey-replacement-helicopter-got-a-new-name-today/ ...

Anche qui ... flightglobal.com ... https://www.flightglobal.com/helicopters/usaf-names-ballistic-missile-security-helicopter-the-mh-139a-grey-wolf/135883.article ...

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Quelli cui non piace perdere ...

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Airbus Helicopters filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) against the US Navy (USN) awarding its Advanced Helicopter Training System contract to Leonardo Helicopters.
The company filed its protest on 3 February, about three weeks after the service granted Leonardo the contract, asking the US government agency to review the USN’s decision, according to the GAO’s website.

... flightglobal.com ... Airbus files protest against US Navy giving trainer helicopter contract to Leonardo ...

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Leggendo le schede tecniche fra MH 139 e UH 1 N si vede il netto salto di prestazioni .

La frase di accompagnamento alle immagini  " ...can protect convoys ..." significa che l'elicottero può essere armato ?

Un altro concetto che non afferro è " ... at  the Air Force's expansive missile ranges " . Qualcuno ha idee ?

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3 ore fa, engine ha scritto:

La frase di accompagnamento alle immagini  " ... can protect convoys ..." significa che l'elicottero può essere armato ?

Sissignore ...

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The Grey Wolf is armored and has countermeasures on board, along with a pintle-mounted machine gun capability.

 

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Un esponente politico USA solleva un problema ... 🥶

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As the U.S. Air Force has begun testing and evaluating its new MH-139A Grey Wolf light utility helicopters it has found itself faced with at least one significant challenge. 
How do you ensure door gunners can adequately operate their weapons while exposed to extremely cold weather? 
The bulk of the MH-139As are set to replace UH-1N Twin Huey helicopters protecting intercontinental ballistic missile silos, many of which are situated in areas of the United States where the ambient temperature can drop well below zero in the winter.
Representative Don Bacon, a Nebraska Republican and a retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General, raised the issue at a hearing on Mar. 10, 2020.

... thedrive.com ... Door Gunners On The Air Force's New Grey Wolf Helicopters Need Protection From Sub-Zero Temps ...

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