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Boeing wins $35bn US tanker deal

February 25th, 2011 by David No Comments

Boeing has defeated EADS to win a contract worth $35bn to replace the US Air Force’s fleet of aerial refuelling aircraft with its KC-767 aircraft.

Boeing says the contract calls on it to design, develop, manufacture and deliver 18 initial combat-ready tankers by 2017.

Boeing and EADS had tabled rival bids for the $35bn deal.

In 2008 EADS was announced to have won the contract with with US partner Northrop Grumman.

The award was withdrawn after the US Government Accountability Office upheld Boeing’s objections that the award process has been flawed.

The Boeing and EADS / Grumman Northrop’ bids both highlighted their US credentials.

Boeing is US-based and EADS is French-based, but both companies said the deal would provide around 50,000 US-based jobs, with aircraft production taking place in the US.

The KC-45 aircraft built by EADS is based on the Airbus 330 commercial airliner.

The KC-767, based on the Boeing 767 commercial airliner, will replace 179 Boeing KC-135 tankers.

The US Air Force presently has 400 KC-135s in service. The KC-135 was based on the Boeing 707 airliner, entered service in 1957, with production ceasing in 1965.

“Our team is ready now to apply our 60 years of tanker experience to develop and build an airplane that will serve the nation for decades to come,” said Jim McNerney, Boeing’s chairman, president and chief executive.

USAF tanker aircraft decision expected

February 24th, 2011 by David No Comments

The result of a bidding competition for the US Air Force’s future aerial refueling tanker is expected within hours from the US Department of Defense.

Boeing and EADS have competed with rival bids for the $35bn deal.

The US Air Force wants to replace its fleet of 179 Boeing KC-135 tanker aircraft.

In 2008 EADS was announced to have won the contract with with US partner Northrop Grumman, but the award was withdrawn after the US Government Accountability Office upheld Boeing’s objections that the award process has been flawed.

Both EADS and Boeing bids have highlighted their US-based credentials. EADS is French-based but both companies say the deal would provide approximately 50,000 US-based jobs.

The KC-45 aircraft built by EADS is based on the Airbus 330 commercial airliner.

Boeing’s KC-767 is likewise based on its own 767 commercial aircraft.

BAE wins $41m Bradley reset parts deal

February 24th, 2011 by David No Comments

BAE Systems has won a $41m contract to purchase situational awareness parts for the reset of 101 Bradley Operation Desert Storm Situational Awareness (ODS SA) vehicles.

BAE said the new deal provides the balance of funding for a $74m contract modification it was awarded in December 2009 to purchase long-lead items for the Bradley ODS SA reset to pre-combat standards.

The total value of the finalized Bradley ODS SA contract is $115m, added BAE.

Ohio replacement price drops $1bn

February 23rd, 2011 by David No Comments

The US Navy has shaved $1bn off the unit price of its replacement class of ballistic missile submarines for its current Ohio class boats.

The US Department of Defense wants $2bn in savings for each vessel, designed to replace the 18 Ohio class nuclear submarines in service.

The price tag of the SSBN(X) class is now $6bn per boat, down from $7bn, but the Pentagon wants to drive the cost down to $4.9bn, it has said.

Embraer presents EMB-145 aircraft to India

February 22nd, 2011 by David No Comments

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has presented the first of three new EMB-145 airborne early warning aircraft for representatives of the Indian government.

The EMB-145 is an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, set for Indian Air Force service.

Embraer says the aircraft incorporate DRDO-developed surveillance equipment.

The aircraft presentation, which took place at Embraer’s São José dos Campos headquarters, will be followed by flight testing, before handover and ferry to India in the second quarter.

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