Boeing (NYSE: BA) sent a proposal to the U.S. Air Force outlining a plan for the next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft. A version of Boeing’s 767 commercial airplane, the NewGen Tanker would replace 179 of the 400 aging KC-135 aircraft currently in the Air Force fleet.
“We are honored to support our U.S. Air Force customer and submit this proposal to meet the critical mission needs of this nation,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “Boeing has more than 60 years of experience developing, manufacturing and supporting tankers for America’s warfighters, and we’re ready to build the NewGen Tanker now. This revolutionary tanker will deliver widebody capabilities in a narrowbody footprint, operate in any theater or from any base, and — with the lowest operating cost of any tanker in the competition — save the Air Force and the American taxpayers billions of dollars.”
The firm reported the delivery of the 8,000-page NewGen Tanker proposal to the KC-X program office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The aircraft would be made in America offers an American-made, and is described by Boeing as “capable, survivable, and combat-ready at the lowest cost to the taxpayer.”
“As the only company in this competition with rich experience in developing and manufacturing derivative aircraft for the warfighter, Boeing brings the talent and resources of our existing team and facilities to fully meet the requirements of the U.S. Air Force,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “With our Boeing commercial and defense teams and a proven supplier network, we have delivered more than 1,000 commercial derivative aircraft to U.S. government customers and military customers around the world. Add to that our experience as the only company to deliver a combat-tested aerial refueling boom, and we are ready to provide the right tanker for the Air Force and the best value for taxpayers.”
Boeing also reported that Connecticut would see $339 million in annual economic impact if the proposal is selected as the U.S. Air Force’s next aerial refueling aircraft.
“Our state’s world-famous aerospace industry drives a significant part of the Connecticut economy. I’m glad that Boeing’s tanker project will provide critical fuel to keep that economic engine running,” said Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell. “Thousands of families across the state depend on these high-technology aerospace jobs to put food on the table, pay their mortgages, and finance a college education for their children. Now they have a chance to support our troops abroad while growing our economy at home. At a time when many working families are struggling, that’s very good news.”