NASA Awards Boeing S-3B Viking Modification Contract

NASA has awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] a competitively bid contract to modify the communication, navigation and electrical systems of an S-3B Viking aircraft.

NASA obtained the S-3B from the U.S. Navy to facilitate research requirements for the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The contract marks the first time an S-3B has been made available for non-military applications since the Navy announced its decision to retire the Viking fleet.

The award follows the successful S-3B Viking modification program between the Navy and Boeing from 2000 through 2005, when Boeing installed more than 500 modifications into the Navy's S-3B anti-submarine warfare, all-weather aircraft fleet.

The NASA upgrade includes the installation of baker audio panels and navigation equipment such as weather radar, a commercial marker beacon and a new transponder. Boeing will modify the aircraft at its Cecil Field facilities in Jacksonville, Fla., under the direction of NASA Glenn.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $30.8 billion business. It provides network-centric system solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer; a foremost developer of advanced concepts and technologies; a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in sustainment solutions and launch services.
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Madonna Walsh
Boeing IDS Communications
Support Systems - Maintenance, Modifications and Upgrades
(314) 234-1362