The contract, awarded Tuesday, directs the Chicago aerospace giant to create an initial design that will incorporate a mission control system, a medical facility, electrical power upgrades, a self-defense system and autonomous ground operations capabilities into two existing commercial 747-8 planes that will serve as the next Air Force One aircraft.
Boeing Co. has won a almost $600-million contract from the U.S. Air Force to begin preliminary design efforts on the next generation of presidential aircraft.
The Pentagon also awarded Boeing a $677M modification to a previously awarded contract for full-rate production of six F/A-18E and eight F/A-18F aircraft.
On August 1, Sputnik reported the US Air Force was on track to purchase the pair of jets for a almost 50 percent discount as President Donald Trump seeks to trim costs for Air Force One.
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The Boeing proposal for its MH-139 helicopter to replace the U.S. Air Force's aging Huey fleet could save more than $1 billion in acquisition costs and lifecycle expenses, the company has claimed. The airline was never in possession of the planes before going bankrupt. Gen. Duke Richardson, the service's Presidential Airlift Recapitalization (PAR) program executive officer.
The Air Force today locked in plans to base KC-46A aircraft at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, NC, a move that comes following completion of an environmental impact study that found no significant impacts associated with establishing the service's third main operating base for the new aerial refueling tanker in the Tar Heel state.
The $600-million award is just one portion of the Air Force One contracts.
In January, Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisAir Force awards 0M contract for initial Air Force One design The US and Europe demonstrating unity on energy security Defense chief visiting US nuclear base amid tensions with N. Korea MORE ordered a review of the program to find cost-saving measures.