Boeing Defense, Space & Security2010-06-29 09:04:25

Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 230 Jobs, $11 Million to Minnesota

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Minnesota will benefit from approximately 230 jobs and an estimated $11 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force's next aerial refueling aircraft.

"I am very pleased that several top Minnesota manufacturers will be joining Boeing's outstanding Tanker Team. This is a unique opportunity to create jobs and attract significant investment to our state," said Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Minnesota manufacturers ready to produce critical components on the NewGen Tanker include:

• CPP, Minneapolis - main landing gear door uplocks
• Honeywell, Minneapolis and Coon Rapids - Air Data Inertial Navigation System, environmental control systems
• Kurt Manufacturing, Minneapolis - machine parts
• Rosemount Aerospace, Burnsville - angle of attack systems, ice detection systems, temperature sensors.

Boeing currently works with more than 200 suppliers/vendors across Minnesota, resulting in an estimated $624 million in annual economic impact.

The NewGen Tanker is a widebody, multi-mission aircraft based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane and updated with the latest and most advanced technology. Capable of fulfilling the Air Force's needs for transport of fuel, cargo, passengers and patients, the combat-ready NewGen Tanker is being offered as a replacement for 179 KC-135 aircraft. Boeing is writing a proposal to meet or exceed the 372 mandatory requirements described in the service's final KC-X Request for Proposal released on Feb. 24. The Air Force is expected to award a contract later this year.

The NewGen Tanker will be made with a low-risk approach to manufacturing that relies on existing Boeing facilities in Washington state and Kansas as well as U.S. suppliers throughout the nation, with decades of experience delivering dependable military tanker and derivative aircraft. Nationwide, the NewGen Tanker program will support approximately 50,000 total U.S. jobs with Boeing and more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states.
The Boeing NewGen Tanker also will be more cost-effective to own and operate than a larger, heavier tanker. It will save American taxpayers more than $10 billion in fuel costs over its 40-year service life because it burns 24 percent less fuel than the competitor's airplane.

Boeing has been designing, building, modifying and supporting tankers for decades. These include the KC-135 that will be replaced in the KC-X competition, and the KC-10 fleet. The company also has delivered four KC-767Js to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and is on contract to deliver four KC-767s to the Italian Air Force. Three of the four Italian tankers are in flight test, with the fourth airplane in production.

For more information contact:
P.O. Box 516
St. Louis
MO 63166
United States Of America
Tel:     +1 206 655 2121
Fax:     +1 (61) 295 014 489


 


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