The U.S. Air Force has named theÂ MH-139A security helicopter after a wild animal active inÂ North America’s northern segment.
Air Force Global Strike Command dubbed the helicopter “Grey Wolf” at a ceremony in Duke Field, Fla., Minot Air Force Base said Thursday.
Grey Wolf is designed to protect intercontinental ballistic missile facilities inÂ Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska andÂ Wyoming, replacing the legacy Huey rotary aircraft.Â The new helicopter also marksÂ AFGSC’s first major procurement.
The namesake’s representation ofÂ the northern region recognizes the presence of the command’s ICBMÂ bases in the area.
Boeing is working to deliver 84Â Grey Wolf units under a $2.4B contract with USAF. The contract also provides for associated maintenance and complementary equipment.