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Boeing announces contract agreement with SES in Huntsville

By Patricia Soloveichik and Carole Thompson

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Tommy Filler¸ Boeing director of U.S. government Apache programs (left) discusses the Apache agreement with former Apache helicopter pilots Tony Jones¸ Boeing vice president and Huntsville site executive (center) and E.J. Sinclair¸ SES CEO.

Community leaders in Huntsville, Ala., joined Boeing and Science Engineering Services, Inc., executives in January 2010 to celebrate the latest contract award for disassembly, inspection and repair work for the AH-64D Apache Block III helicopter program.

"This work on the Army’s Apache Block III will utilize the capabilities of the Alabama workforce to ensure that soldiers continue to have the very best equipment for the job they have to do," said Tony Jones, Boeing vice president and Huntsville site executive. "And the impact of Boeing’s decision to select SES for this work will be felt in our community for many years. We’re proud to support the growth of the rotorcraft business in the region."

Boeing has been doing business in Alabama for nearly 50 years.

The Apache Block III helicopter, anticipated to begin low rate initial production later in 2010, will deliver new technologies and capabilities to U.S. Army aviators and battlefield commanders. "The Apache program is proud of our legacy of delivering helicopters on time and on cost," said Tommy Filler, Boeing director of U.S. government Apache programs. "The pre-mod work scope is foundational to the success of the program and to the remanufacturing process in Mesa. SES provides a great capability at a reduced cost to our U.S. Army customer. We’re proud to welcome SES into the Apache family."

Boeing and SES made the announcement at the SES Huntsville facility during an event attended by Huntsville and Madison County government and civic leaders, Congressional staffers, local media and Boeing executives representing the Huntsville site and the Apache program in Mesa, Ariz.

Speaking to local media, Mike Gillespie, chairman of the Madison County Commission and E.J. Sinclair, SES chief executive officer echoed the soldier’s phrase that describes the value of the Apache to Army warfighters: "When Apaches are flying, soldiers aren’t dying." Sinclair went on to say, "We are proud that SES is a part of helping to achieve the vision of past and current AMCOM commanders in making the Huntsville area a rotary wing center of excellence."