Boeing KC-767 Tanker Win Would Benefit Illinois Economy

Jul 13, 2007, 01:00 ET from Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

    ST. LOUIS, July 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE:  
 BA) today announced that Illinois will benefit from an estimated 3,300
 direct and indirect jobs if it is selected to build the U.S. Air Force's
 new tanker aircraft fleet. The economic activity generated in Illinois will
 exceed an estimated $140 million annually.
     "Our state has a strong and capable aerospace industry -- one that is
 ready and able to deliver the U.S. Air Force's next-generation tanker,"
 said Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich.
     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. These capabilities, combined with best-in-competition
 fuel efficiency, global flexibility and space usage, provide a strong value
 proposition to the Air Force.
     "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 Advanced Tanker development,
 manufacturing, test and evaluation, and support for key avionic,
 electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical aerospace systems and components.
     Nationwide, 44,000 Americans and 300 suppliers will design, build and
 support the Boeing KC-767 Advanced Tanker.
     Boeing will assemble the tanker at its facilities in Everett, Wash.,
 using many of the same manufacturing processes that produced almost 1,000
 highly reliable and maintainable commercial Boeing 767s. Installation of
 military refueling systems and flight test activities will take place at
 the company's finishing center in Wichita, Kan.
     The Boeing Global Tanker Team producing the KC-767 Advanced Tanker
 includes Vought Aircraft Industries, Pratt & Whitney, Rockwell Collins,
 Smiths Aerospace, Honeywell, Spirit AeroSystems and Delta TechOps. This
 experienced group of partners has proven expertise in aerial refueling
 systems, network centric operations, integrated avionics solutions and lean
 manufacturing concepts, which will offer the Air Force high levels of
 reliability and unique technical advancements.
     Boeing has been designing, building, modifying and supporting tankers
 for nearly 75 years, with hundreds of KC-135s and KC-10s currently in
 service with the Air Force. The company is flying KC-767s today and has
 logged nearly 1,000 hours on the tanker platform. Recently, Boeing
 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 program.
     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.

SOURCE Boeing Integrated Defense Systems