Boeing Awarded $2 Billion A-10 Wing Contract

Jun 29, 2007, 01:00 ET from Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

    ST. LOUIS, June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE:  
 BA) has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract worth up to $2 billion
 between 2007 and 2018 for engineering services and the manufacturing of 242
 wing sets for the Air Force's A-10 fleet.
     "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 A-10 wing replacement program calls for the replacement wing sets
 to be 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 years.
     "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."
     The A-10, first introduced in 1976, is a twin-engine jet aircraft
 designed for close-air support of ground forces. The simple, effective and
 survivable single-seat aircraft can be used against all ground targets,
 including tanks and other armored vehicles.
     A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one
 of the world's largest space and defense businesses specializing in
 innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions. Headquartered in St.
 Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32.4 billion business with
 72,000 employees worldwide.

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