This business includes tactical and airlift aircraft, missiles, unmanned airborne systems, and surveillance and engagement programs.
Surveillance and Engagement
737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) -- The 737 AEW&C is a state-of-the-art system providing powerful airborne surveillance, communications and battle management. It can track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously and includes a self-defense capability, an advanced open system architecture and an identification friend or foe system. Five AEW&C aircraft have been delivered to Australia along with two to South Korea. Verification testing of the mission system for Turkey's first AEW&C platform is under way in the lab, on the ground and in flight. Delivery of the aircraft is anticipated by the end of 2012.
Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) -- The E-3 707 AWACS represents the world's standard for airborne early warning systems. The E-3 fills the needs of both airborne surveillance and command and control (C2) for tactical and air defense forces. It provides a highly mobile, survivable surveillance and C2 platform. E-3 fleets are operated by the United States, NATO, the United Kingdom, France and Saudi Arabia. Japan operates a fleet of four E-767 AWACS aircraft.
P-8A Poseidon -- The P-8A Poseidon is a military derivative of the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 designed to replace the U.S. Navy's fleet of P-3s. The P-8A will significantly improve the U.S. Navy's anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities, as well as armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The Navy in 2004 awarded Boeing a System Development and Demonstration contract for eight test vehicles. In 2008, Boeing began final assembly of the first P-8A. The program's three flight test aircraft completed their initial flights in 2009, and the first test aircraft, T1, entered the Navy's formal flight test program in fourth quarter 2009. Boeing in January 2011 received a $1.6 billion contract from the Navy for six low-rate initial production aircraft, along with spares, logistics and training devices. In November 2011, Boeing received a $1.7 billion award for an additional seven LRIP aircraft. Overall, the Navy plans to purchase 117 Boeing P-8As. In January 2009, the government of India selected the P-8I, a variant of the P-8A Poseidon, for its long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare mission. Under this contract, Boeing will deliver eight P-8I aircraft to India. The first P-8I for India made its initial flight on Sept. 28, 2011. Australia signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Navy in 2009 and will collaborate in Increment 2.
C-17 Globemaster III -- The C-17 is the world’s premier heavy airlift aircraft and has proven itself as a versatile strategic and theater airlifter in every recent worldwide operation, from Operation Iraqi Freedom to humanitarian relief missions. Worldwide, there are currently a total of 245 C-17s in service. Boeing is under contract with the U.S. Air Force to design, build and deliver 223 C-17s. Boeing has delivered 217 aircraft to the Air Force as of July 2012. There are 28 C-17s in service with international customers. The UK Royal Air Force has acquired eight; the Royal Australian Air Force has five C-17s; the Canadian Defence
Forces has re received four; and the 12-nation Strategic Airlift Capability consortium -- members of NATO and Partnership for Peace – has received three. Qatar, the first Middle East customer to order C-17s, currently operates two C-17s and holds options for two more. The United Arab Emirates took delivery of its fifth and sixth C-17s in 2012. On July 31, 2012 Boeing completed a major production milestone to integrate the forward, center and aft fuselages and the wing assembly of India’s first C-17. India’s Ministry of Defence signed an agreement with the U.S. government on June 15, 2011, to acquire 10 C-17s that will be delivered in 2013 and 2014. Those governments finalized the Foreign Military Sales contract for the airframe on June 6, 2012.
With current sales to international customers and the U.S. Air Force, C-17 production currently runs to third quarter 2014.acquire C-17s.
CH/MH-47 Chinook -- The CH/MH-47 Chinook is a medium-to-heavy-lift helicopter for intra-theater troop and cargo movement. The aircraft conducts missions from combat to disaster relief and is in service with the armed forces of nearly 20 countries worldwide. The new CH-47F provides advanced avionics for improved situational awareness for flight crews with an advanced digital map display and a data transfer system that allows storing of preflight and mission data. Improved survivability features include Common Missile Warning and Improved Countermeasure Dispenser systems. The MH-47 provides key capabilities to special operations forces.
U.S. Air Force KC-46A Tanker Program -- On Feb. 24, 2011, the U.S. Air Force selected the Boeing NewGen Tanker to start replacing aging KC-135 aerial refueling tankers. The Air Force designated the new aircraft the KC-46A.The fixed-price contract is valued at over $3.5 billion and calls for Boeing to design, develop, manufacture and deliver 18 aircraft by 2017.
The overall program for 179 tankers is valued at upwards of $30 billion. In the initial engineering, manufacturing and design (EMD) phase of the program, Boeing will deliver four aircraft to the Air Force for test and evaluation. Based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane, updated with advanced technology, the KC-46A Tanker will allow the Air Force to deliver fuel to other aircraft in-flight, and transport cargo, passengers and patients.
International Tanker Programs -- The KC-767 International Tanker provides unrivaled tanker capability and operational flexibility. Technology advances include a fifth-generation boom, second-generation remote vision system, new wing air refueling pods and hose drum unit. With the delivery of the fourth and final Italy tanker in 2012, Boeing has completed all KC-767 tanker deliveries and will turn its full attention to unsurpassed customer support of the KC-767 tanker aircraft as they fly in operations for the security and sovereignty of both Italy and Japan, as well as ongoing NATO operations across the globe.
V-22 Osprey -- The V-22 Osprey is a joint service multi-role combat aircraft that uses tiltrotor technology to combine the vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed wing aircraft. This combination allows the V-22 to fill an operational niche no other aircraft can approach. The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has a current requirement for 360 MV-22s to perform combat assault and assault support missions, while the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) will field a fleet of 50 CV-22s configured for terrain-following, low-level, high-speed flight for long range special operations.
More than 160 Osprey tiltrotors are currently in operation across 10 USMC and two AFSOC squadrons. The two services have together logged 16 successful combat, humanitarian, ship-based or Special Operations deployments since 2007. The worldwide Osprey fleet has amassed more than 130,000 flight hours, with nearly half of those hours logged in the past two years. Bell Boeing was awarded a five-year production contract for 167 aircraft in March 2008. Contract modifications have since increased the multiyear contract total to 174 aircraft. Bell Boeing submitted its proposal to the U.S. Navy for a second multiyear procurement contract for the production and delivery of 122 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft on July 29, 2011. Contract award is anticipated by December 2012.
AH-6 Light Attack/Reconnaissance Helicopter -- The AH-6 Light Attack/Reconnaissance helicopter is designed to quickly meet the needs of today's international defense forces while maintaining the capability to quickly integrate future growth. The aircraft features flexible mission configuration; state-of-the-art cockpit architecture; integrated and qualified sensors and weapons systems; the highest payload for any aircraft in its class; outstanding reliability and low maintenance costs; and a compressed, on-time and on-cost delivery schedule to meet customers' needs. The versatile AH-6 is capable of meeting the needs for the U.S. Army's Armed Aerial Scout mission.
AH-64D Apache -- The AH-64D Apache is a multirole combat helicopter that features fully integrated avionics and weapons, plus state-of-the-art digital communications capabilities that enable real-time, secure transfer of battlefield information to air and ground forces. Apaches are in service with the U.S. Army and international defense forces around the world. Boeing delivered the first production AH-64D Apache Block III to the U.S. Army in October 2011. This newest version of the Apache features enhanced aircraft performance, joint digital operability, survivability and cognitive decision aiding, while reducing operations and support costs.
EA-18G Growler -- The EA-18G Growler is a variant of the combat-proven F/A-18F Super Hornet Block II, and conducts airborne electronic attack missions. The EA-18G combines the capability of the combat-proven Super Hornet with the latest AEA avionics suite evolved from the Improved Capability III (ICAP III) system. The EA-18G's vast array of sensors and weapons provides the warfighter with a lethal and survivable weapon system to counter current and emerging threats.
The Growler completed Initial Operational Test and Evaluation in May 2009 and achieved initial operational capability in September 2009. The Department of Defense authorized the EA-18 to enter into Full Rate Production in November 2009. The EA-18G's initial combat deployment occurred in late 2010 and concluded in mid-2011, supporting operations in Iraq and Libya. Boeing has delivered 56 Growlers to the U.S. Navy as of Jan.1, 2012.
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet -- The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is the U.S. Navy's newest, premier strike fighter, deployed in both air-dominance and precision-strike roles. Combining exceptional aerodynamic and systems performance, long-term growth capability, and advanced sensors like the APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, the Super Hornet carries within its design every role a tactical aircraft can perform.
The Super Hornet's advanced sensor and information suite collects and fuses data from offboard sources and onboard sensors, enabling the Super Hornet to seamlessly detect and eliminate air, ground or sea-based threats. Built by the most innovative team in aerospace -- Boeing, General Electric Aviation, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman -- the Super Hornet features a design optimized for a long and cost-effective service life, operating from aircraft carriers and land bases. Its advanced composites and modern alloys enable major signature reduction that achieves optimum stealth.
With date-certain deliveries, cost-certain production and proven combat capability, the Super Hornet is the low-risk, high-end fighter/attack solution for the United States and its global defense partners. Boeing has delivered 482 Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy as of Jan 1, 2012, including 24 F/A-18Fs for the Royal Australian Air Force.
F-15E Strike Eagle -- The F-15E Strike Eagle is the backbone of the U.S. Air Force fleet, with variants currently in production for the Republic of Korea and Singapore. The F-15E carries payloads larger than those of any other tactical fighter, and it retains the air-to-air capability and air superiority of the F-15C. It can operate around the clock and in any weather. Since entering operational service, the F-15 has a perfect air combat record, with more than 100 victories and no losses. Three other nations currently fly the F-15 -- Japan, Israel, S. Korea, Singapore and Saudi Arabia.
Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems:
Harpoon Block II -- Harpoon Block II is the world's premier anti-ship missile system, featuring an autonomous, all-weather, over-the-horizon strike capability. It is ideal for both anti-ship and land-strike missions, even in crowded ports. These versatile weapons can be launched from aircraft, ships, submarines and even by mobile coastal defense vehicles.
Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) -- JDAM is a low-cost guidance kit that converts existing unguided free-fall bombs into near precision-guided "smart" weapons. Boeing's modular design of JDAM offers affordable add-on capabilities, such as a laser sensor to create Laser JDAM for precise prosecution of moving, relocatable and maritime targets. JDAM Extended Range (JDAM ER) incorporates a low-cost wing set to triple JDAM's standoff range to greater than 40 miles. Boeing has delivered more than 230,000 JDAM tail kits on time and at cost since 1998.
Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile (PAC-3) -- The PAC-3 Missile uses hit-to-kill technology to intercept and destroy tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and hostile aircraft. The Boeing-built PAC-3 seeker acts as the missile's "eyes." By providing active guidance data to the missile, PAC-3 can acquire the target and ensure a kill through direct body-to-body impact.
Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) -- SDB is a 250-pound class, near precision-guided weapon launched from a fighter, bomber or unmanned aircraft that can destroy targets from a range of greater than 40 miles and penetrate more than three feet of steel-reinforced concrete with reduced collateral damage. The SDB system improves sortie effectiveness by enabling carriage of four weapons on a single aircraft station. The Focused Lethality Munition variant incorporates technologies for precision engagements with ultra-low collateral damage. Leveraging the combat-proven success of Laser JDAM, the same laser sensor has been added to create Laser SDB for moving, relocatable and maritime targets of opportunity.
Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM ER) -- SLAM ER is a combat-proven, all-weather, over-the-horizon, precision strike missile. The ER variant is an affordable upgrade to the baseline SLAM, incorporating planar wings to improve range and aerodynamic performance, and an improved warhead to increase penetration and lethality against hardened targets.
A160T Hummingbird -- The A160T Hummingbird is a long-endurance, runway independent unmanned rotorcraft capable of multiple missions. It is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army in June 2012.
ScanEagle -- A low-cost, long-endurance, autonomous unmanned air system, ScanEagle is used by military customers around the world to loiter over trouble spots and provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data or communications relay. It has accumulated 570,000 combat flight hours, providing more than seven years of uninterrupted service to the U.S. Department of Defense, and has supported civil applications in Australia in 2011.
Integrator -- Integrator is an autonomous unmanned air system offering an industry-leading payload capacity to enable the capture of high-resolution imagery in day and nighttime conditions and/or the rapid integration of a unique customer-required payload package.
Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) -- STUAS will provide persistent maritime and land-based tactical Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA) data collection and dissemination capabilities to the warfighter. STUAS has a greater performance capability with a significantly larger payload, mass, volume and power than ISR services available in theater today. Boeing subsidiary Insitu was awarded the STUAS EMD contract in July 2010 by NAVAIR. An early operational capability decision was made by the customer in June 2011 to deploy two systems.