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Boeing awarded $1.2B deal for 8 F-15EX fighter jets

Boeing awarded $1.2B deal for 8 F-15EX fighter jets

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July 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a $ 1.2 billion contract -- with a ceiling of nearly $ 23 billion -- to build the first lot of eight F-15EX fighter jets. The F-15EX is the newest version of a tactical fighter aircraft the Air Force has used since 1976, and are expected to replace the service's oldest F-15C/Ds, the Air Force said on Monday. Advertisement "The F-15EX is the most advanced version of the F-15 ever built, due in large part to its digital backbone," said Lori Schneider, Boeing F-15EX program manager, in a press statement. "Its unmatched range, price and best-in-class payload capacity make the F-15EX an attractive choice for the U.S. Air Force." Based on the F-15QA fighters Boeing has produced for Qatar's military, the newer plane is designed to handle a c...
NASA adds software experts to work toward new Boeing capsule flight

NASA adds software experts to work toward new Boeing capsule flight

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ORLANDO, Fla., July 7 (UPI) -- NASA added software experts to work with Boeing and SpaceX on their space capsule programs following the failure of Boeing's Starliner test flight in December, the agency announced via a teleconference from Florida on Wednesday. The software oversight changes were outlined in NASA's release of its final review of the Starliner failure. Advertisement The space agency said Boeing remains on track for a second test flight in the last half of this year. Competitor SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule successfully delivered astronauts to the International Space Station on May 31. "Right now I cannot imagine a scenario where SpaceX is the only provider. ... We need both Boeing and SpaceX to be there for us," said Steve Stich, manager of NASA's commercial crew program. He...
Boeing nabs $3.1B in cruise missile deals for Saudi Arabia, other partners

Boeing nabs $3.1B in cruise missile deals for Saudi Arabia, other partners

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May 14 (UPI) -- The Navy awarded Boeing with a combined $ 3.1 billion in contracts this week for cruise missile weapon systems for foreign partners, including Saudi Arabia. "We are pleased to continue our long legacy of partnering with the Navy to build weapons that defend America and its international partners," Cindy Gruensfelder, vice president, Boeing Weapons, said in a press statement. The first of the two contracts -- a $ 1.9 billion deal for work on the Stand-off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response, or SLAM-ER -- will support a redesign of the missiles, as well as production and delivery of 650 SLAM-ERs to Saudi Arabia through the Pentagon's Foreign Military Sales Program. The second is a $ 657 million contract modification that procures and delivers 467 Harpoon full rate produc...
Boeing nabs $75.1M for Super Hornet service life modification

Boeing nabs $75.1M for Super Hornet service life modification

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April 24 (UPI) -- Boeing received a $ 75.1 million contract Friday to support the F/A-18E-F Super Hornet service life modification program, according to the Pentagon. Under the contract Boeing will provide engineering services to extend the aircraft's service life beyond the original design of 6,000 flight hours. In February Boeing delivered the first Super Hornet modified under the Service Life Modification program. The SLM upgrades are expected to extend each aircraft's service life from 6,000 to 7,500 flight hours, with future modification plans that may extend it to 10,000 flight hours. According to Boeing, there are now 15 Super Hornets in the SLM program on production lines in St. Louis and San Antonio. Earlier this month General Electric was awarded $ 51.5 million to provide engin...
Boeing shuts down KC-46, P-8 plants for two weeks because of COVID-19

Boeing shuts down KC-46, P-8 plants for two weeks because of COVID-19

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March 23 (UPI) -- Boeing announced a two-week shutdown of its Seattle-area plants on Monday, stopping production of KC-46 refueling and P-8 surveillance military planes. The manufacturing suspension will last until March 25, the company said in a statement. The shutdown comes as Washington state is under a state of emergency because of the spread of COVID-19, and several Boeing employees have tested positive for the virus. KC-46s are made for U.S. Air Force at Boeing's Everett, Wash., plant, and P-8s are made for the U.S. Navy at Boeing's Renton, Wash., facility. The two planes, each delivered at a rate of about one or two per month, are derived from civilian models and are built on the same assembly lines as commercial aircraft. Any delay in commercial production could harm the company ...