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As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing’s diverse team is committed to innovating for the future, leading with sustainability, and cultivating a culture based on the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.

 

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Boeing Awarded U.S. Army Contract for Next Generation Diagnostic Tool


- Next Generation Automated Test System (NGATS) provides mobile diagnostic testing
- Units exceed expectations in Fix-Forward isolation, detection, saving over $26 million in five months for one Armored Brigade Combat Team


RIDLEY PARK, Pa., Jan. 26, 2023 — The U.S. Army has selected Boeing [NYSE:BA] to produce additional Next Generation Automated Test System (NGATS) units with a contract award worth up to $92 million over three years. NGATS is a single, mobile diagnostic tool that provides real-time testing in the field.


NGATS provides immediate solutions, enabling automated fault diagnosis of more than 100 components. NGATS eliminates manual troubleshooting and disassembly of components which reduce labor hours. NGATS aids in avoiding lead times that come with ordering parts and possible depot-level maintenance. One Armored Brigade Combat Team noted NGATS saved more than $26 million in repair costs in five months.


“This award demonstrates that NGATS is becoming the standard for fix effectiveness and readiness in the field, enabling operations in a contested logistics environment,” John Chicoli, director of Boeing Global Services, Vertical Lift and Special Operations, said.


In addition to Army platforms such as the M1A2 SEP V2/V3/V4, M1A1 Abrams tank, M2A3 Bradley, and M1126 Stryker vehicles, these versatile units will be used in 2023 on M109A7 Paladin and the UH-60 Black Haw

 

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Boeing to Advance Aerospace Innovation through Korean Industry Partnerships

- Boeing expands R&D collaboration in Korea, including tech development on advanced production systems, urban air mobility, aerospace semiconductors
- Agreement signed with the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology and the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology


WASHINGTON, D.C., April 25, 2023 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed a new partnering agreement with Korean industry to expand joint research and development activities and further develop critical aviation technologies.


Boeing, the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT), and the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT), will collaborate on advanced production systems for commercial aircraft manufacturing, urban air mobility, aerospace semiconductors and cultivating industry talent in Korea.


Boeing Korea President Eric John, KEIT President Chun Yoon-jong and KIAT President Min Byung-joo signed the Memorandum of Understanding during Korean President Yoon Seok Yeol’s visit to the United States.


Through this collaboration, the company and research institutions will seek opportunities to cooperate across the private and public sectors. These efforts are intended to enhance the competitiveness of Korea’s aerospace industry and strengthen Boeing’s future aerospace capabilities.


“We will continue to support the advancement of Korea’s rapidly growing aerospace sector by leveraging Boeing’s global aerospace expertise and Korea’s cutting-edge technologies,” said Eric John, Boeing Korea President. “We also expect this to benefit the country’s aerospace supply chain.”


KEIT will identify Korean companies with potential for participation, while KIAT will focus on defining areas for research, development and commercialization of advanced components for airplanes.


Boeing continues to increase its presence and pursue opportunities to partner and advance aerospace technologies with Korea, spending more than $4 billion with over 50 Korean suppliers over the past 15 years. In 2019, Boeing opened the Boeing Korea Engineering & Technology Center, where it has been conducting strategic research on future technologies, including autonomous flight, artificial intelligence, avionics, embedded software, Linux, mobility platform, smart cabin and smart factory.

 

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Boeing And Indonesia Partner to Explore Air Traffic Management Improvements


- Boeing to work with AirNav Indonesia
- Joint effort will support safe, efficient and sustainable aviation.


JAKARTA, Indonesia, June 12, 2023—Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed an agreement with AirNav Indonesia to explore initiatives to further enhance the safety and efficiency of Indonesia’s national air traffic management system.

Improving airport and flight operations can help increase the safety and sustainability of Indonesia’s aviation system through more efficient movement of aircraft and reduced fuel use.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) brings together Boeing’s engineering expertise with the Indonesian government’s key initiatives in airspace management, training and air traffic management strategic planning. Boeing and AirNav will work closely with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of Indonesia, local airlines, airport operators and other aviation stakeholders in the country.

“AirNav Indonesia is focused on making sure that our airspace system adopts and maintains the highest levels of safety while fostering the growth of Indonesia’s civil aviation industry,” said Mdm. Polana B. Pramesti, President Director of AirNav Indonesia. “Airspace capacity and air traffic management is a shared interest between Boeing and AirNav and a natural space where we need to cooperate. We look forward to this collaboration with Boeing.”

“With its emerging market economy, Indonesia is home to one of the largest aviation markets in Asia,” said Mike Sinnett, senior vice president and general manager of Product Development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We’re committed to supporting Indonesia’s civil aviation industry and excited to work with AirNav to explore lasting solutions that safely and sustainably enhance Indonesia’s air traffic management system.”

Boeing and Indonesia have worked in partnership for over 74 years to support the development of aerospace and defense capabilities in the country through training, supply chain, and collaborations. Today, Boeing’s presence in Indonesia covers commercial aviation, defense, space, supply chain, and academia partnerships.


 
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Boeing Invests in KC-46A Enhanced Defensive Capabilities


- Aurora Flight Sciences tapped for research and development on advanced defensive applications for refueling and mobility platforms

- Work will enhance operational survivability and mission versatility

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LE BOURGET, France, June 20, 2023—Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Aurora Flight Sciences are investing in further developing advanced defensive systems and countermeasures for application on next-generation refueling and mobility platforms including the KC-46A Pegasus tanker.


Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing company, is leading the research and conceptual design of composite components to enhance operational survivability for aerial refueling and mobility missions. This work will also focus on producibility and manufacturing at Aurora’s Columbus, Miss., manufacturing facility.


“The KC-46A already features defensive systems that are unprecedented in a tanker,” said Justin Hatcher, advanced technology director for Boeing’s KC-46 Program. “We continue to evolve the KC-46A and other next-generation refueling and mobility platforms to further enhance mission versatility and survivability.”


Aurora Flight Sciences develops and applies innovative solutions to advance the future of flight. Its facility in Mississippi specializes in producing composite components and sub-assemblies for the aerospace industry, such as the composite skin for Boeing’s MQ-25 Stingray, the world’s first autonomous aerial refueler, which provide lightweight strengthening and anti-corrosive benefits that are crucial for the carrier-based aircraft.


“We excel at bringing futuristic concepts to life,” said Luke Colville, vice president of Aurora manufacturing and aerosystems. “With our research and development expertise, the composites production talent at Aurora Mississippi and our collaboration with Boeing, we’re building the future of next-generation refueling and mobility capabilities and growing the team to deliver them.”


Operationally deployed for global combat operations, the KC-46A features defensive systems and data integration for multi-mission aerial refueling support closer to the battlespace than existing tankers. With more data for the crew and fleet, including recent Block 1 upgrades to further enhance connectivity, the Pegasus can see and relay threat information to joint force warfighters for greater fleet survivability and mission success.

 

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Boeing T-7A Red Hawk Completes Taxi Tests


- Tests prove power, electrical and mission systems are operational

- Milestone moves the U.S. Air Force advanced trainer closer to first flight

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ST. LOUIS, June 20, 2023—The Boeing [NYSE: BA] T-7A Red Hawk has successfully completed taxi tests, a critical step in verifying the ground-handling capabilities and systems of the advanced trainer for the U.S. Air Force.


“The flight controls and commands to the fly-by-wire system were crisp and the aircraft maneuvered exceptionally well,” said Steve Schmidt, Boeing’s T-7 chief test pilot. “Everything operated as designed and expected.”


The aircraft is one of five engineering and manufacturing development aircraft that will be used for flight testing this summer in St. Louis and will then transition to Edwards Air Force Base for testing in the fall.


“Our priorities are developing this advanced trainer and getting it to future fighter and bomber pilots,” said Evelyn Moore, vice president and T-7 program manager. “This test brings us one step closer to the T-7A Red Hawk taking to the skies.”


Since contract award, Boeing has flown two production representative jets up to six sorties a day recording more than 7,000 data and test points validating the platform’s reliability.


 

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Boeing Completes T-7A First Flight With U.S. Air Force


- Milestone marks the start of the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the program


- Boeing and the Air Force tested the aircraft in flight, validating key aspects of the next-generation trainer


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ST. LOUIS, June 28, 2023—Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force today completed the inaugural flight of the service’s first T-7A Red Hawk, marking the start of the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the program.


During the 1 hour and 3 minute flight, U.S. Air Force Maj. Bryce Turner, 416th Test Squadron, and Steve Schmidt, Boeing T-7 chief test pilot, validated key aspects of the aircraft and demonstrated the power and agility of the Air Force’s first advanced trainer to be digitally designed, built and tested. The aircraft is one of five EMD aircraft that will be delivered to the Air Force Air Education and Training Command for further testing.


“The stable performance of the aircraft and its advanced cockpit and systems are game changers for U.S. Air Force student pilots and instructors alike,” said Turner, whose grandfather and father were both U.S. Air Force fighter pilots. “We’ve come a long way in training since my family role models flew.”


The T-7A’s vibrant red tails are a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American U.S. military aviators who flew red-tailed fighters during World War II.



The T-7A will enhance warfighter training through:

  • Improved pilot readiness: The all-new advanced pilot training system uses high resolution ground-based training systems and simulators to deliver robust and realistic integrated live, virtual and constructive training capabilities.

  • Safety: Model-based engineering enabled testing throughout the aircraft’s design and build to help ensure safety before the first flight. The T-7A’s cockpit egress system is the safest of any trainer.

  • Flexibility for any mission: With open architecture software and digital fly-by-wire controls, the T-7A supports training for a wide variety of fighter and bomber pilots and can evolve as technologies, threats and training needs change.


“This first flight with the Air Force represents our team’s commitment to delivering a new level of safety and training for fighter and bomber pilots,” said Evelyn Moore, vice president and program manager, Boeing T-7 Programs. “We remain focused on engineering ways to better prepare warfighters for changing mission demands and emerging threats.”


“This is an exciting time for the entire team,” said Col. Kirt Cassell, U.S. Air Force T-7A Red Hawk program manager. “The Red Hawk’s digital design integrating advanced training capabilities will drastically improve pilot training for the next generation of fighter and bomber pilots.”


The T-7A moved from firm concept to flight testing in 36 months. A combination of model-based engineering, 3D design and advanced manufacturing increased first-time quality by 75% and reduced assembly hours by 80%.


In 2018, the Air Force awarded Boeing a $9.2 billion contract for 351 T-7A advanced trainers, 46 simulators and support. The T-7A will replace the Air Force’s aging T-38 aircraft.


 

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Boeing Transitions to New CH-47 Chinook Production with Final Block I Contract


- Boeing continuing modernization efforts on CH-47 platform with advanced Block II Chinook


- Final Block I order sends South Korea 18 Chinooks, one to Spain


PHILADELPHIA, July 5, 2023 — As part of a U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Military Sale (FMS), Boeing [NYSE: BA] received a contract to produce 18 CH-47F Block I Chinooks for South Korea and one additional aircraft for Spain. As Boeing continues transitioning to building the advanced Block II configuration, the deal valued at up to $793 million represents the final aircraft to be ordered on the current CH-47F Block I FMS contract with the U.S. government.


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“The CH-47F Block I Chinook continues to be the preeminent heavy-lift helicopter in the world for good reason,” said Heather McBryan, H-47 vice president and program manager, Boeing Vertical Lift. “While this concludes Block I orders as we continue our modernization efforts, we’ll continue supporting our customers’ aircraft as they play a vital role for years to come.”


Although production and deliveries of the CH-47F Block I will conclude with this order in 2027, Chinook modernization efforts will continue with the already underway H-47 Block II program. Block II provides increased lift and range thanks to an improved drivetrain, a reinforced airframe and redesigned fuel tanks. Currently, six Block II aircraft are under contract with the U.S. Army, 36 with U.S. Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and 14 with the United Kingdom. SOCOM have been receiving Block II aircraft for several years and the U.S. Army will receive its first CH-47F Block II in early 2024.


“The Block II program is the natural successor to an already exceptional aircraft,” McBryan added. “It will provide the U.S. Army and international allies even more capabilities in a complex and evolving battlefield.”


Block I and Block II aircraft will coexist in the heavy-lift space. With this latest acquisition of Chinook Block I aircraft, Spain will increase its fleet to 18 aircraft and South Korea will join 15 other operators who benefit from the digital cockpit and advanced cargo handling ability.


“South Korea adds to a growing list of operators around the globe that recognize the value the modernized CH-47F Chinook brings to the table,” said Vince Logsdon, vice president, Global Business Development and Strategic Marketing for Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “While Spain is already reaping the benefits of the aircraft in Europe, we are honored to support South Korea’s heavy-lift helicopter modernization with a versatile product capable of meeting the demanding mission requirements in Asia Pacific.”


 

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Indonesia Announces Commitment to Acquire Boeing F-15EX


- Indonesia signs a Memorandum of Understanding to procure up to 24 F-15EX advanced fighter jets

- Indonesian Minister of Defense tours F-15 production line in St. Louis


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ST. LOUIS, Aug. 21, 2023—The Republic of Indonesia and Boeing shared their commitment to finalize the sale of 24 F-15EX aircraft to Indonesia, subject to U.S. government approval, during a visit of Indonesia’s Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto to the United States.


The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by Air Vice Marshal Yusuf Jauhari, Head of Defense Facilities Agency, Indonesia Ministry of Defense, and Mark Sears, Boeing Fighters vice president and program manager, took place today at the company’s St. Louis facility following a tour of the F-15EX production line.


“We are pleased to announce our commitment to procure the critical F-15EX fighter capability for Indonesia,” said Minister Subianto who witnessed the MoU signing. “This state-of-the-art fighter will protect and secure our nation with its advanced capabilities.”


The F-15EX is the most advanced version of the F-15 ever built, with digital fly-by-wire flight controls, a new electronic warfare system, an all-glass digital cockpit, and the latest mission systems and software capabilities, which will all be leveraged in delivering the new F-15IDN.


“We have invested years of expertise into developing the F-15EX capabilities. There is no other fighter like the F-15 in the world, and this platform will put Indonesia at the top of air dominance capabilities,” said Sears. “Boeing is ready to support this effort and remains a committed partner to the U.S. government in advancing international security objectives with allies and partners around the world.”


 

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Boeing Showcases F-15EX for Poland’s Air Dominance


- Will strengthen national security of Poland and the NATO Alliance


- Offers unmatched mission capability, lethality and survivability


- Provides enhanced interoperability with allied nations


KIELCE, Poland, Sept. 7, 2023 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] is showcasing the F‑15EX fighter aircraft to Poland as a potential U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales program. The announcement was made at the annual MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition where Boeing is highlighting advanced defense systems, capabilities and services.


“Poland’s interest in the F-15EX confirms its dedication to the preparedness and effectiveness of its military forces,” said Tim Flood, senior director, Global Business Development for Europe and Americas. “The F-15EX offers superior interoperability, supportability and affordability along with a robust industry plan that would support Poland’s goal of developing independent defense capabilities.”


Boeing has made significant investments in the F-15EX making it the most capable multirole fighter aircraft in production today. The aircraft offers improved survivability and capability with:

  • fly-by-wire flight controls,

  • a new electronic warfare system,

  • an all-glass digital cockpit,

  • the latest mission systems and software capabilities,

  • as well as the ability to carry advanced hypersonic weapons.

“The F-15EX is the world’s most advanced fighter with unmatched capability, lethality and survivability and is the right fit to strengthen Poland’s security needs,” said Rob Novotny, director, Business Development for Boeing’s F-15 program. “Through enhanced interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces, capacity for technology growth and a 20,000+ hour economic operational airframe life, Poland can expect the F-15EX to win in existing and future threat environments.”


The F-15EX is in production with two aircraft delivered to the U.S. Air Force. Indonesia recently became the 8th country to select the F-15 and will become the first export customer of the latest FX variant when the sale is finalized.


Boeing has been present in Poland for more than 30 years. With headquarters in Warsaw, Boeing Digital Solutions & Analytics operations in Gdańsk and Parts & Distribution Services in Rzeszow, Boeing employs more than 1,000 people in Poland and is currently establishing strong engineering capability in all of its three locations. In addition to its growing footprint in-country, Boeing is an important partner of the Polish aviation industry and has strong relationships with local communities, industry, airlines, Polish Government and the Polish Armed Forces.


 

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Boeing to Lead Counter-Hypersonic Flight Test, Evaluation for DARPA’s Glide Breaker


- The contract award includes digital analysis and flight testing of a prototype hypersonic interceptor


- Results will inform future hypersonic interceptor capabilities vital for national defense

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ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 11, 2023 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] will develop and test technologies for a hypersonic interceptor prototype for DARPA’s Glide Breaker program as part of a four-year effort. Boeing will perform computational fluid dynamics analysis, wind tunnel testing and evaluation of aerodynamic jet interaction effects during flight tests.


“Hypersonic vehicles are among the most dangerous and rapidly evolving threats facing national security,” said Gil Griffin, executive director of Boeing Phantom Works Advanced Weapons. “We’re focusing on the technological understanding needed to further develop our nation’s counter-hypersonic capabilities and defend from future threats.”


Glide Breaker is intended to inform the design and development of future hypersonic interceptors, which could destroy a threat traveling at least five times the speed of sound in the upper atmosphere during what’s known as the “glide phase” of flight. The Boeing-led development and testing will provide the foundation for future operational glide-phase interceptors capable of defending against these sophisticated and evolving hypersonic threats.


“This phase of the Glide Breaker program will determine how factors like hypersonic airflow and firing jet thrusters to guide the vehicle affect system performance at extreme speed and altitude in a representative digital environment,” said Griffin. “We’re operating on the cutting edge of what’s possible in terms of intercepting an extremely fast object in an incredibly dynamic environment.”


 

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Boeing, Red 6 Complete First Augmented Reality Test Flight


- Augmented reality training system integration to first flight completed in less than 12 months


- System successfully flown and tested on a TA-4J tactical aircraft


WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 13, 2023 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Red 6 have successfully integrated and flown augmented reality (AR) in a TA-4J tactical aircraft as a precursor to integrating and testing the system in a T-7 advanced trainer.


Boeing and Red 6 announced an agreement last September to integrate Red 6’s Advanced Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS) and Augmented Reality Command and Analytic Data Environment into fighter aircraft.


“Boeing is the first company to team with Red 6 on this type of advanced training technology,” said Donn Yates, executive director, Boeing Air Force Fighters and Trainers Business Development. “The successful series of ground tests and four flight sorties illustrate our collaborative ability to rapidly integrate, deliver and test new technology with the potential to change fighter pilot training for an entire generation. Combining Boeing’s platforms, capabilities and knowledge with new and emerging companies like Red 6 creates better products and services for the warfighter.”


Using Red 6’s patented technology, pilots will be able to see and interact with virtual aircraft, targets and threats on the ground and in the air, while also experiencing the cognitive loads of physically flying the airplane.


“We are very proud of our team’s efforts to go from integration into the TA-4J to successfully flying the technology in less than a year,” said Thomas “Guns” Bergeson, president, Red 6. “We remain focused on delivering a fully synthetic, outdoor training environment that will transform training for future fighter pilots. The combination of T-7 and ATARS will usher in a new paradigm in training, directly impacting readiness and lethality.”


Boeing’s Air Dominance organization continues to partner with startups across industry, seeking new and leading-edge systems such as ATARS. Testbed capabilities developed by Boeing and non-traditional industry partners reduces risk for future programs.


 

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Poland Minister of Defense Visits Boeing Apache Site


- Polish delegation celebrates recent AH-64 Apache selection

- The AH-64 Apache will enhance Poland’s interoperability


MESA, Ariz., Sept. 26, 2023 Boeing [NYSE: BA] hosted the Poland’s Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak and his delegation at the Boeing Mesa site in Arizona on Monday. The minister met with Boeing leaders and toured the AH-64 Apache production line in celebration of Poland’s recent Apache selection.


Poland announced its intent last year to acquire 96 new Apache attack helicopters, followed by the U.S. Government approving the Foreign Military Sale in August 2023. As the world’s most capable and versatile attack helicopter, the AH-64 Apache will enhance Poland’s interoperability with the U.S. Army and NATO nations.


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“We are working closely with both governments to finalize this sale and look forward to delivering the first Apache to Poland,” said Heidi Grant, president of Business Development for Boeing Defense, Space and Security. “Poland will become the second largest Apache operator in the world, after the U.S. Army.”


Boeing has been building the AH-64 Apache for more than 40 years in Mesa, Ariz. and is capable of delivering 80 Apaches per year from its modern facility. There are currently more than 1,290 Apaches operating worldwide supported by Boeing Global Services. The company has a diversified footprint in the state, including development of rotorcraft technologies and production of composite and electrical subassemblies. Boeing Mesa employs more than 4,800 employees and partners with 250 supplier and vendors in the state of Arizona.


“Our team is honored to host Minister Błaszczak and grateful for the trust Poland has placed in the AH-64 Apache to address their national security needs,” said Kathleen Jolivette, vice president and general manager, Vertical Lift. “This is a positive step toward Poland becoming the newest customer to operate the Apache.”


 

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Boeing, Nammo Ramjet 155 Test Sets Distance Record


- U.S. Army conducted a record-breaking indirect fire test of the Boeing-Nammo Ramjet 155 projectile


- Test advances development of Army’s top modernization priority of Long Range Precision Fires


ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 9, 2023—A Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Nammo team set a record for longest indirect fire test of a ramjet-powered artillery projectile alongside officials from the U.S. Army — firing a Ramjet 155 munition from a 58-caliber Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. The test advances development efforts for the Army’s top modernization priority, Long Range Precision Fires.


“Our objective was to demonstrate the ability to safely operate from the ERCA system and validate our performance. Both objectives were met.” said Gil Griffin, executive director of Boeing Phantom Works. “The team is working to deliver a superior, affordable precision strike weapon that can neutralize critical targets at long distances.”

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The success follows last year’s Boeing-Nammo test recording the longest-ever indirect fire test of a Ramjet 155 munition. That test was completed using a 39-caliber towed artillery cannon at the Andøya Test Center in Norway.


“This program now has a thoroughly tested propulsion system that guarantees enormous range increases for all artillery cannons,” said Morten Brandtzæg, Nammo CEO. “We believe the major development hurdles have now been cleared and production is viable within a relatively short timeframe.”


The Boeing-Nammo solution is being developed under the Army’s XM1155 program. Considered a powered guided artillery munition, Ramjet 155 utilizes an air-breathing engine design that uses the cannon firing to provide the speed needed for combustion.


In an upcoming test, Boeing and Nammo will integrate a precision guidance system, leveraging a Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) mission computer onto the Ramjet 155. The demonstration will evaluate the system’s maturity and effectiveness against stationary and moving targets, and readiness to transition into the next phase of development.


"Our successful tests demonstrate that ramjet projectiles — a real collaborative achievement of Boeing and Nammo — offer the range and precision desired by the Army,” said Brandtzæg. “Ramjet technology heralds a revolution in artillery, significantly extending range and delivering strategic advantages to our users.”


 

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Boeing’s Enhanced AH-64E Apache Completes First Flight


- Version 6.5 offers upgraded connectivity, lethality, navigation and survivability capabilities.


- Boeing will next integrate the U.S. Army’s Improved Turbine Engine onto the fleet.

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MESA, Ariz., Oct. 11, 2023 – The newest version of the AH-64E Apache has successfully flown with an upgraded capabilities suite as Boeing [NYSE: BA] continues to modernize the platform. The upgraded E-model Apache, known as Version 6.5, or V6.5, is the next configuration of the world’s premier attack helicopter.

“We saw our hard work come to life with this first flight,” said Christina Upah, vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs and senior Boeing Mesa site executive. “These enhancements will take the E-model Apache to the next level in terms of capabilities, ensuring Apaches continue to dominate future battlefields.”


V6.5, awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense in December 2021, includes software updates enhancing capabilities and improving the pilot interface. Some of those enhancements include:

  • Optimized route and attack planning

  • Enhanced Link 16 features

  • Integration of an Open Systems Interface, setting the stage for Modular Open Systems Approach for maximum interoperability, faster integration and advanced capabilities fielding.


“We’re very excited about the ongoing development of the V6.5 software as it paves the way for Apache modernization,” Col. John (Jay) Maher, U.S. Army Apache project manager, said. “V6.5 aligns the entire E model fleet under the same software, streamlining training and maintenance while providing a pathway for sensor/capability parity, and enables the Army to address mandates and critical technologies. Ensuring relevance into the future is a top priority.”


Building onto V6.5, the company is working with the U.S. Army to integrate the Improved Turbine Engine (ITE). The engine, a General Electric Aerospace T901, will offer improvements in reach, available power, time on station and fuel efficiency, as well as sustainment improvements like health and usage monitoring, maintenance and engine lifespan.


 

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Boeing, Ferra Expand Precision Aerial Munition Partnership

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- Agreement deepens Boeing’s work with key Australian industry partner

- Boeing continues to strengthen Australian domestic capabilities with Ferra and foster closer integration with U.S. defense industrial base


BRISBANE, Oct. 24, 2023—Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Australia industry partner Ferra Engineering signed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue production of Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range (JDAM ER) wing kits. The agreement also includes the intent to explore applications for Powered JDAM — a long-range, low-cost and mass-producible JDAM derivative capable of travelling upwards of 300 nautical miles.


Brisbane-based Ferra is Boeing’s global supplier of the 500-pound JDAM ER wing kits. Under the memorandum, the partnership will be extended through 2028. The partnership aligns with the Australian Defence Force’s commitment to enhance sovereign weapons capability under the Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) Enterprise and aligns with the AUKUS security partnership goal of advancing trilateral defence capabilities.

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“These wing kits developed by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group and produced for Boeing by Ferra in collaboration with U.S partners are a success story for Australian industry,” said Bob Ciesla, vice president of Boeing Precision Engagement Systems. “Our participation in Defence’s Global Supply Chain (GSC) Program helped enable the partnership on JDAM ER wing kits and now opportunities for Powered JDAM.”


“Powered JDAM will exponentially increase the effective range of the munition, and alongside the JDAM ER, will effectively and affordably meet a variety of defence needs around the world,”
Ciesla said.


Chief of Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance, Air Marshal Leon Phillips, praised the joint efforts of the Defence Science and Technology Group, Boeing and Ferra.


“This project is a great example of Australian industry working with Defence to the great benefit of one of our key allies, the United States,” he said.


The JDAM ER kits triple the effective range of the standard JDAM — a low-cost option to convert the existing munitions into guided smart munitions.


“The RAAF was Boeing’s first JDAM ER customer and we have partnered with Boeing for 12 years to produce this critical global defence capability,” said Aaron Thompson, managing director of Ferra Engineering. “This assures our production pipeline and paves the way for continued innovation, such as Powered JDAM.”


“The expanded partnership further strengthens Australian industry’s capacity to contribute to the future needs of the Australian Defence Force and support its priorities to deter aggression and defend our country and our allies in the rapidly evolving threat environment,”
Thompson said.

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First Boeing T-7A Red Hawk Arrives at Edwards Air Force Base to Begin U.S. Air Force Flight Testing

- Cross-country flight showcases new advanced trainer for future U.S. Air Force fighter and bomber pilots


ST. LOUIS, Nov. 9, 2023—The first Boeing [NYSE: BA] T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer for the U.S. Air Force has completed its 1,400-mile cross-country flight to Edwards Air Force Base in California to begin its next phase of flight testing. The aircraft, known as APT-2, is the first production representative jet off the assembly line and was piloted by a joint U.S. Air Force and Boeing aircrew.


The T-7A Red Hawk made stops at Air Force bases in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona to refuel and offer base employees a firsthand look at the new advanced trainer before the final leg to Edwards. Boeing delivered the first Red Hawk to the Air Force on Sept. 15.


“This is a pivotal moment for the T-7 program,” said Evelyn Moore, vice president and program manager, T-7 programs. “Bringing the T-7A Red Hawk to the heart of the U.S. Air Force’s test community at Edwards for dynamic flight testing will prove the jet’s performance as an agile and safe trainer for future pilots.”


Once Air Force test pilots are familiar with the aircraft, they will expand the flight envelope starting with flutter testing. Two other Red Hawks will follow to test various flight attributes and systems as part of a rigorous series of tests.
“Like most test programs, we’ll have discovery and we’ll overcome it quickly,” said Col. Kirt Cassell, division chief, U.S. Air Force, T-7A Red Hawk program. “This is the right team to go after any challenges we find.”


In 2018, the Air Force awarded Boeing a $9.2 billion contract for 351 T-7A advanced trainers, 46 simulators and support. The T-7A will replace the Air Force’s aging T-38 aircraft.


 

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Boeing Expanding Capacity for Advanced Patriot Missile Seeker Production


Boeing Expanding Capacity for Advanced Patriot Missile Seeker Production


- 35,000-square-foot factory expansion in Huntsville, Alabama, will increase annual production capacity by more than 30% to meet growing air and missile defense needs around the world


- PAC-3 missile seeker is a critical component allowing interceptor to find and track threats


HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Nov. 13, 2023 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has broken ground on a 35,000-square-foot expansion of its Huntsville factory that produces the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) seeker. The expansion will enable Boeing to increase annual PAC-3 seeker production by more than 30% to meet increasing air and missile defense needs worldwide.


The Boeing-built seeker provides guidance data to the PAC-3 interceptor used by the Patriot surface-to-air defense system, enabling it to identify, track and intercept advanced air and missile threats. The company recently delivered the 5,000th PAC-3 seeker.

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“The PAC-3 seeker is a critical air and missile defense capability, and this site expansion will allow us to significantly ramp up production to support the U.S. military, allies and international partners who rely on it,” said Debbie Barnett, vice president of Strategic Missile & Defense Systems and Boeing Huntsville site leader. “Our proven seeker enables the life-saving precision accuracy of the Patriot system. I can’t overstate the importance of our team’s work in Huntsville and the mission we support.”


Since 2010, Boeing has invested more than $100 million to improve its Huntsville facilities in support of the PAC-3 program. Boeing has produced and sustained PAC-3 seekers as a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin for more than 20 years. Since 2021, Boeing has been awarded more than $2 billion in contracts for seeker production, as well as to develop a next-generation seeker that is digitally-engineered to ensure effectiveness against evolving threats.
The expanded facility is expected to be operational in early 2027. Earlier this year, Boeing opened a 9,000-square-foot expansion of the Huntsville Electronics Center of Excellence — a state-of-the-art facility that produces essential hardware for PAC-3 seekers and other Boeing systems.


Additionally, the company is investing in the state’s higher education initiatives, recently awarding $415,000 in grants for scholarships, maintaining technology labs and supporting workforce development programs at seven higher education institutions in Alabama. Schools receiving grants include Alabama A&M University, Auburn University, Calhoun Community College, J.F. Drake State Technical College, Tuskegee University, the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama in Huntsville


 

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Boeing Shifts Toward Production of MH-139A Grey Wolf


-Boeing delivered the final Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) aircraft to the U.S. Air Force in October


- The first production aircraft delivery is slated for 2024

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PHILADELPHIA, Nov 20, 2023 — Boeing [NYSE:BA] continues to transition towards low rate initial production of the MH-139A Grey Wolf after completing the program’s Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) phase, delivering the sixth and final test aircraft to the U.S. Air Force last month.


“Delivering all of the RDT&E aircraft to the Air Force enables them to continue critical operational testing and allows Boeing to focus on building the first production aircraft.” said Azeem Khan, MH-139 program director. “The Grey Wolf will provide crucial national security capability improvements to the Air Force. This is an important step in getting the aircraft into service.”


Boeing expects to provide the first low rate production aircraft to the customer in 2024. To date, the Air Force has awarded Boeing a contract to build the first 13, with the first aircraft already in final assembly. Ultimately, Boeing will provide up to 80 MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopters to the Air Force.


“With the final test aircraft delivered, we’re headed into an exciting production phase. With the MH-139, the United States Air Force is getting a faster and more capable aircraft to bring them into a new era of service for this mission,”
said Robert Beyer, MH-139 Senior Program Manager, Leonardo Helicopters US. “Leonardo is incredibly proud of this aircraft, and we look forward to the continued partnership with Boeing and the USAF as we deliver additional Grey Wolf helicopters.”

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MH-139A aircraft will replace the UH-1N Huey and are tasked with protecting intercontinental ballistic missiles across the U.S. and transporting VIP and security personne


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Boeing Awarded $2.3 Billion for Additional U.S. Air Force KC-46A Tankers


- With the Lot 10 contract award, 153 KC-46A multi-mission aerial refuelers are now on contract globally


- The multi-mission aircraft provides advanced capability advantages for the joint force and allies

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EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 28, 2023―Boeing [NYSE: BA] will build an additional 15 KC-46A Pegasus tankers under a Lot 10 contract awarded by the U.S. Air Force valued at $2.3 billion. One hundred fifty-three KC-46A multi-mission aerial refuelers are now on contract globally, providing advanced capability advantages for the joint force and allies.


“We appreciate our partnership with the U.S. Air Force, which allows for the expansion of the capacity and capability of the KC-46A fleet,” said Lynn Fox, vice president and KC-46 program manager. “We understand the advantages that KC-46 capabilities give the warfighters, and in the current global environment, we continue to focus our investments on evolving the aircraft for the changing needs of the mission.”


With a supplier network of about 37,000 American workers employed by more than 650 businesses throughout more than 40 U.S. states, the combat-proven KC-46A is transforming the role of the tanker for the 21st century.


From aerial refueling, cargo and passenger transportation, aeromedical evacuation support, and data connectivity at the tactical edge, the KC-46A Pegasus has already been called a “game changer” for its ability to transmit and exchange data, enabling rapid air mobility, global reach and Agile Combat Employment.


Earlier this year, the Air Force awarded Boeing a Block 1 upgrade contract, adding more advanced communications capabilities to enhance the aircraft’s data connectivity and situational awareness.


To date, Boeing has delivered 76 KC-46As to the U.S. Air Force and two to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.


 

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