Manufacturer Appeals To Hearts, Wallets In Bid For KC-X
As part of its quest to win a lucrative US Air Force tanker
contract, on Friday Boeing noted the state of Illinois would
greatly benefit from an estimated 3,300 direct and indirect jobs if
the manufacturer's 767-derived tanker gets the nod. The economic
activity generated in Illinois will exceed an estimated $140
Boeing formally submitted its proposal to the Air Force on April
10. The offering, the KC-767 Advanced Tanker, is designed for
aerial refueling of other aircraft, but also is able to move cargo,
passengers, patients and medical crewmembers.
"Illinois brings forth a great deal of talent and experience
from its aerospace industry. That's why we're thrilled to have key
companies in the Land of Lincoln join our KC-767 Advanced Tanker
team," said Ron Marcotte, vice president and general manager of
Boeing Global Mobility Systems.
Illinois industry will provide KC-767 development,
manufacturing, test and evaluation, and support for key avionic,
electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical aerospace systems and
"Our state has a strong and capable aerospace industry -- one
that is ready and able to deliver the US Air Force's
next-generation tanker," said Illinois Governor Rod R.
Boeing will assemble the tanker at its facilities in Everett, WA
using many of the same manufacturing processes that produced almost
1,000 commercial Boeing 767s.
Installation of military refueling systems and flight test
activities will take place at the company's finishing center in
Recently, the company demonstrated its advanced air refueling
systems by transferring fuel through its fifth-generation boom and
extending and retracting the fuselage-mounted and wing-mounted air
refueling hoses, both critical milestones for the KC-767