WASHINGTON – The Air Force has awarded a $600 million deal to the Boeing Co. to start developing the upcoming Air Force A person although at the similar time meeting President Trump’s demands to reduce the price tag of the aircraft.
“The deal modification involves the design to incorporate a mission conversation technique, electrical power upgrades, a health-related facility, an govt inside, a self-protection technique and autonomous ground operations abilities into two professional Boeing 747-8s,” says a Boeing information release about the deal award.
This new aircraft will exchange two getting older presidential aid aircraft.
A system termed the Presidential Airlift Recapitalization will function with Boeing to “investigate saving opportunities all through preliminary design attempts,” says the information release. All price savings opportunities will be reviewed to make sure they do not degrade mission abilities.
“The Air Force is fully commited to working with Boeing to make sure the (design) system satisfies presidential airlift mission requirements, as effectively as the president’s affordability expectations,” the information release says.
The Air Force also is working with Boeing on a abide by-on deal modification that will keep on the system by thorough design, aircraft modification, test, and shipping and delivery of two presidential mission-all set aircraft. The deal modification is scheduled to be awarded in summer time 2018.
In December, Donald Trump tweeted that expenditures for the new Air Force A person are “out of handle” and threatened to cancel the system.
Then in January, the head of Boeing reported he and Trump produced progress on reducing the price tag of the upcoming era of Air Force A person planes in their second meeting given that Trump slammed the system on Twitter.
“We produced some wonderful progress on simplifying requirements for Air Force A person, streamlining the process, streamlining certification by using professional procedures,” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg reported at the time.