USAF names MH-139A helicopter Grey Wolf

Air Force has announced its Global Strike Command named the MH-139A helicopter the Grey Wolf, comparing it to the wild animal that bears the same name, the USAF said.

The Grey Wolf is the first major acquisition for the command in its 10-year history. The name Grey Wolf is derived from the wild species that roams the northern tier of North America, which also encompasses the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile bases in AFGSC.

The MH-139A name Grey Wolf falls in line with the current range of the Grey Wolf species, which encompasses the ICBM bases and the areas represented by AFGSC and the NCR. As a pack animal, the Grey Wolf name represents our mission sets which bring multiple #MH139s to the fight.

The helicopters will provide security and support for the nation´s intercontinental ballistic missile fields which span Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska. The new helicopter closes the capability gaps of the UH-1N “Hueys” in the areas of speed, range, endurance, payload and survivability in support of the command´s intercontinental ballistic missile missions. Other mission capabilities include civil search and rescue, airlift support, National Capital Region missions, as well as survival school and test support.

The Air Force will procure up to 84 MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment from Boeing. The Grey Wolf will replace the UH-1N, which entered the operational Air Force in 1970.

The MH-139A Grey Wolf will provide vertical airlift and support the requirements of five Air Force major commands and operating agencies: Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Force District of Washington, Air Education and Training Command, Air Force Materiel Command and Pacific Air Forces. Global strike is the lead command and operational capability requirements sponsor.