Beats Lockheed Martin To Replace Cracking Wings On Aging
Boeing has been awarded an
11-year, $2.02 billion contract by the Defense Department for
engineering services and the manufacturing of 242 wing sets for the
Air Force's aging A-10 anti-tank aircraft, beating out rival
Lockheed Martin, reported Bloomberg.
The contract is scheduled to be completed by September 2018, the
Defense Department said.
"We are pleased that the Air Force has recognized that Boeing
has the skilled expertise, engineering know-how, and the affordable
solution to address the needs of the A-10 program," said Charles T.
Robertson, vice president of Boeing Support Systems' Maintenance,
Modifications and Upgrades Division.
The wing replacement program will have replacement wing sets
delivered in parts and kits for easy installation. Boeing has
teamed with key suppliers to meet all the requirements presented by
the A-10 contract, Robertson said. He added that the Boeing
solution will allow the nation's A-10 fleet to fly at least 20 more
"This contract extends the
life of a valuable platform that supports our warfighters in
accomplishing their mission to defend freedom around the globe,"
Robertson said. "Employing our integration expertise and lean
manufacturing techniques, we are well-prepared to meet the
challenges presented in this contract."
First introduced in 1976, the A-10, known as
the Warthog, is a low-flying ground- attack aircraft capable of
maneuvering at slow speeds. It has been used in Iraq to support
troops and attack armored vehicles.
Lockheed, based in Bethesda, MD, already leads a program valued
at more than $2 billion won in 1997 to upgrade A- 10 aircraft and
install new cockpit electronics.
Lockheed is "disappointed" by the decision to award the contract
to Boeing, spokesman Greg Caires said.