Boeing's defense business goes 3-for-3 on huge contract wins

01 October, 2018, 00:38 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Air Force turns to Boeing for $9.2 billion training aircraft contract

In addition to T-X fighter and bomber training aircraft, Boeing will supply the Air Force with simulators and associated ground equipment.

The APT project involves replacing U.S. Air Force's trainer jet T-38As, which have been used for more than 40 years.

"This new aircraft will provide the advanced training capabilities we need to increase the lethality and effectiveness of future Air Force pilots", Wilson wrote.

The Air Force wants the first aircraft and simulators to be delivered to Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph in Texas by 2023 and expects the T-X program to reach initial operational capability by 2024 and full operational capability a decade later.

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"Today's announcement is the culmination of years of unwavering focus by the Boeing and Saab team", said Caret in a released statement. The aerospace titan will benefit from not only the initial profits of the T-X Trainer jet, but also from the likelihood that similar contracts from United States allies will follow. As the clock ticks down on the fiscal year, Boeing grabbed its third DOD contract in a month. Then, all undergraduate pilot training bases will transition to the new aircraft, the Air Force said.

US soldiers unload Huey helicopters from a US Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III in 2015. There's an option to raise the purchase to up to 475 jets and 120 simulators. CAFB will receive a new line of trainer jets to replace the almost 60-year-old T38.

On both the KC-46 and T-X, Boeing's hopes of recouping its costs depend on further overseas sales after the USA military decision.

An Air Force spokeswoman declined to comment.

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The T-X programme is valued at an estimated USD1 billion for 350 aircraft.

Boeing developed the jet with Sweden-based Saab, beating out competitors from Lockheed, which partnered with Korean Aerospace Industries, and Italy-based Leonardo.

The Boeing-Saab consortium was known to have pitched their jet's strengths as well as aggressive price cut.

Aboulafia noted that the flight data requirement could have caused the contract award to be delayed, as the Air Force would have had to wait for Boeing's flight data.

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The service touted over $10 billion in cost savings from its previous program estimate of $19 billion.

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