Defense awards Boeing $14.3B bomber maintenance contract

By – Associated Press – Tuesday, April 16, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – has won a $14.3 billion contract to service and maintain all B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress bombers at in Oklahoma City.

The contract includes hardware and software development and integration, ground and flight testing, configuration management, studies and analyses and modernization, said the Department of Defense in a statement last week.

The agreement continues a contract awarded 10 years ago to service aircraft at , which is a major part of the Air Force’s maintenance, repair and overhaul network, The Oklahoman reported.

“That’s great news for our workforce here,” said Lori Rasmussen, a spokeswoman for . “’s employment numbers in Oklahoma have been on an upward trend. They are expected to remain so. The bombers’ modernization efforts will continue to play a significant role in the growth of the Oklahoma City site.”

The Defense Department said it didn’t solicit any other companies for the bomber service contract at because is the original equipment manufacturer and has possession of all airframe and systems information.

Rasmussen said ’s first project under the new contract will be an advanced, high frequency communications integration study costing a projected $1.2 million.

Maintenance of the B-21 Raider, a long-range stealth bomber expected to replace the B-1 and B-52 in the mid-2020s, will also take place at .

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok

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