Boeing awarded $45M contract for U.S. Navy, Australian P-8A upgrades
by Sommer Brokaw
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2019
The Boeing Company has been awarded more than $45 million for P-8A aircrew training upgrades for the U.S. Navy and government of Australia.
The deal, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, sees most of the upgrades work for the maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft will be performed in the United States.
Forty-five percent of the work will be done in St. Louis, Mo. and 40 percent in Jacksonville, Fla., with 12 percent done in Australia, 2 percent in Whidbey Island, Wash., and 1 percent done in Orlando, Fla.
The work is scheduled to be competed by December 2022.
Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $37,000,969 and cooperative engagement agreement funds in the amount of $8,803,019 were obligated to the award.
The Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division, Orlando, Fla. is the contracting activity.
Earlier this spring, the P-8A Poseiden aircraft joined surveillance operations in Japan, where the guided-missile frigate HMAS Melbourne was already deployed.
The Australian deployment enforces United Nations sanctions against North Korea.
The maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft is based on the design of Boeing's 737-800 fuselage.
U.S. Air Mobile Command's 'Mobility Guardian' kicks off with 4,000 aviators
Washington (UPI) Sep 9, 2019
The U.S. Air Mobility Command's "Mobility Guardian 2019" exercise, with over 4,000 participating personnel and dozens of international aircraft, began at Fairchild Air Force Base over the weekend. The three-week exercise is the largest full-spectrum readiness exercise to date, and will be held at training areas and facilities at and around Fairchild AFB and Spokane, Wash., where it is located, AMC said on Monday. "Mobility Guardian" involves aircraft and personnel from 29 participating c ... read more
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