Boeing Completes Industrial Participation Programs for 1st 5 UK C-17s

LONDON — Boeing today announced that it has successfully completed — ahead of schedule — its industrial participation (IP) programs for the first five C-17 Globemaster III aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF). To date, Boeing has delivered benefits of more than $1 billion to United Kingdom industry for this aircraft program.

« Boeing has been a partner to the United Kingdom for more than 70 years, serving the needs of its commercial airplane customers and Britain’s military, » said Mike Kurth, managing director, Boeing Defence United Kingdom. « Boeing is a major contributor to the local economy. The company has spent more than $17 billion over the past eight years, working with more than 300 partners and suppliers that bring thousands of high-value, long-term jobs to the UK. »

UK companies that contribute to Boeing’s C-17 program are:

— BAE Systems: head-up display
— CAV Aerospace Llantrisant: avionics racks
— Eaton Aerospace: pressure regulating system and pump canister for onboard inert gas generating system
— GE Aviation Systems Cheltenham: differential pressure indicator and standby altimeter airspeed indicator
— GE Aviation Systems Hamble: wing trailing edge panels and flap hinge fairings
— GKN Aerospace: flap vane assemblies
— Goodrich Actuation Systems: pitch trim control valve
— IPECO: crew seats.

This work, along with Boeing’s continued partnership with the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, helped fulfill C-17 UK IP obligations. As part of this program, Boeing also provides marketing assistance to help a number of UK small- and medium-sized enterprises identify new market opportunities across The Boeing Company, as well as with its extended network of suppliers.

Boeing is bringing another $1.1 billion in opportunities to UK industry through IP programs associated with the RAF’s sixth and seventh C-17 aircraft, the AH-64 Apache Integrated Operational Support program, the CH-47 Chinook Through Life Customer Support program, and the Project Julius Chinook Mk4 upgrade program.

Boeing has an unmatched reputation for delivering world-class industrial participation programs that have brought benefits of more than $41 billion to nearly 40 countries over the past 30 years.

The RAF earlier this month received its seventh C-17 aircraft as part of the UK’s strategic air bridge to British Armed Forces in Afghanistan, a landlocked theater of operation surrounded by inhospitable terrain. The UK C-17 fleet complements its strategic air transport role by supporting humanitarian efforts such as tsunami relief in Southeast Asia and earthquake rescue in Pakistan.

Boeing Defence UK Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company and a business unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. It currently has employees at 20 locations throughout the UK supporting Ministry of Defence and U.S. military programs.

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 $32 billion business with 66,000 employees worldwide.

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