ST. LOUIS, May 25, 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Michigan will benefit from approximately 450 jobs and an estimated $25 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force's next aerial refueling aircraft.
"Homeland security and defense is one of the sectors we're growing to diversify Michigan's economy and create jobs," said Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm. "We appreciate Boeing’s commitment to Michigan, and we have manufacturers and skilled workers eager to contribute further to our national defense."
Michigan manufacturers ready to produce critical components on the NewGen Tanker include:
- Eaton Aerospace, Jackson/Grand Rapids -- mechanical standards and systems components
- GE Aviation Systems, Grand Rapids -- Mission Control System
- Honeywell, Boyne City -- sensors and switches
- LaSalle Electric Supply, Livonia -- electrical standards, lighting products and tie straps.
"Jobs and economic growth in all industries need to remain the highest priority for Michigan right now," said U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra. "Defense manufacturing is a major asset to Michigan’s diverse and dynamic economy, and Michigan’s skilled work force stands ready to continue working alongside Boeing and its partners should it be chosen by the Air Force."
Boeing currently works with more than 280 suppliers/vendors across Michigan, resulting in an estimated $551 million in annual economic impact.
The NewGen Tanker is a widebody, multi-mission aircraft based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane and updated with the latest and most advanced technology. Capable of fulfilling the Air Force's needs for transport of fuel, cargo, passengers and patients, the combat-ready NewGen Tanker is being offered as a replacement for 179 KC-135 aircraft. Boeing is writing a proposal to meet or exceed the 372 mandatory requirements described in the service's final KC-X Request for Proposal released on Feb. 24. The Air Force is expected to award a contract later this year.
The NewGen Tanker will be made with a low-risk approach to manufacturing that relies on existing Boeing facilities in Washington state and Kansas as well as U.S. suppliers throughout the nation, with decades of experience delivering dependable military tanker and derivative aircraft. Nationwide, the NewGen Tanker program will support approximately 50,000 total U.S. jobs with Boeing and more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states.
The Boeing NewGen Tanker also will be more cost-effective to own and operate than a larger, heavier tanker. It will save American taxpayers more than $10 billion in fuel costs over its 40-year service life because it burns 24 percent less fuel than the competitor's airplane.
Boeing has been designing, building, modifying and supporting tankers for decades. These include the KC-135 that will be replaced in the KC-X competition, and the KC-10 fleet. The company also has delivered four KC-767Js to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and is on contract to deliver four KC-767s to the Italian Air Force. Three of the four Italian tankers are in flight test, with the fourth airplane in production.
More information on Boeing's NewGen Tanker, including video clips and an interactive tour of the aircraft, is available at www.UnitedStatesTanker.com. For more information on joining the company's efforts, visit www.RealAmericanTankers.com.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.
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