Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA) is focused on discrete capability markets organized to produce the "best of industry" solutions to the customer.
Four customer- and capability-focused divisions make up the BMA organization: Mobility; Global Strike; Surveillance and Engagement; and Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems.
BMA has approximately 23,000 employees at 10 major locations including Long Beach, Calif.; Puget Sound, Wash.; Philadelphia; Mesa, Ariz.; and St. Louis.
- AH-64D Apache -- The AH-64D Apache is a multirole combat helicopter that features fully integrated avionics and weapons, plus state-of-the-art digital communications capabilities that enable real-time, secure transfer of battlefield information to air and ground forces. Apaches are in service with the U.S. Army and international defense forces around the world. Boeing will begin deliveries of the AH-64D Apache Block III to the U.S. Army in mid-2011. This newest version of the Apache features enhanced aircraft performance, joint digital operability, survivability and cognitive decision aiding, while reducing operations and support costs.
- EA-18G Growler -- The EA-18G Growler is a variant of the combat-proven F/A-18F Super Hornet, and will fly the airborne electronic attack (AEA) mission. The EA-18G combines the capability of the Super Hornet with the Northrop Grumman Improved Capability III (ICAP III) AEA avionics suite. The U.S. Navy selected the EA-18G system to replace the EA-6B Prowler aircraft. The first EA-18G aircraft joined the U.S. Navy's fleet in June 2008, achieving initial operating capability in 2009, with first U.S. Navy deployment in 2010. Boeing has delivered 44 Growlers to the U.S. Navy as of March 1, 2011.
- F/A-18E/F Super Hornet -- The combat-proven F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is the cornerstone of U.S. naval aviation and the United States' most advanced multirole strike fighter in production today. Designed to perform both fighter (air-to-air) and attack (air-to-surface or strike) missions, the Super Hornet provides the capability, flexibility and performance necessary to modernize the air or naval aviation forces of any country. The Super Hornet Block II provides the warfighter with the newest advances in multi-mission capability and growth for decades to come in missions, roles and technology.
- F-15E Strike Eagle -- The F-15E Strike Eagle is the backbone of the U.S. Air Force multirole fleet, with variants currently in production for the Republic of Korea and Singapore. The F-15E carries payloads larger than those of any other tactical fighter, and it retains the air-to-air capability and air superiority of the F-15C. It can operate around the clock and in any weather. Since entering operational service, the F-15 has a perfect air combat record, with more than 100 victories and no losses. Three other nations currently fly the F-15 -- Japan, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
- F-15 Silent Eagle -- In March 2009, Boeing unveiled the F-15 Silent Eagle (F-15SE), a new F-15 configuration designed to meet the future needs of international customers. The F-15SE combines cost-effective low-observable technologies with flexibility for large and diverse weapons payloads. Features include redesigned conformal fuel tanks to allow for internal weapons carriage, and canted vertical tails improve aerodynamic efficiency, provide lift, and reduce airframe weight. The F-15SE also features the Digital Flight Control System, which improves the aircraft's reliability and reduces airframe weight, and an Advanced Electronic Warfare System working in concert with the Raytheon Advanced Electronic Scanning Array (AESA) radar.
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- C-17 Globemaster III -- The C-17 is the world's premier heavy-airlift aircraft and has proven itself as a versatile strategic and theater airlifter in every recent worldwide operation, from Operation Iraqi Freedom to humanitarian relief missions. Worldwide, there are currently a total of 209 C-17s in service. Boeing is under contract with the U.S. Air Force to design, build and deliver 213 C-17s through July 2011. Boeing has delivered 202 aircraft to the Air Force as of September 2010.There are 19 C-17s in service with five international customers. The RAF has acquired six and will receive a seventh in December, 2010; the Royal Australian Air Force and Canadian Defence Forces have each received four C-17s. The 12-nation Strategic Airlift Capability consortium---members of NATO and Partnership for Peace---received its three C-17s in 2009. Qatar, the first Middle East customer to order C-17s, received two C-17s in 2009 and holds options for two more. In January, 2010, Boeing and the United Arab Emirates announced that the UAE had agreed to acquire six C-17s in 2011 and 2012. In May, 2010, Kuwait submitted a letter of request to the U.S. government regarding the acquisition of one C-17. India is currently negotiating with the U.S. government for the potential acquisition of ten C-17s.
- CH/MH-47 Chinook -- The CH/MH-47 Chinook is a medium-to-heavy-lift helicopter for intra-theater troop and cargo movement. It provides key capabilities to special operations forces from combat to disaster relief and is in service with the armed forces of nearly 20 countries worldwide. The new CH-47F provides advanced avionics for improved situational awareness for flight crews with an advanced digital map display and a data transfer system that allows storing of preflight and mission data. Improved survivability features include Common Missile Warning and Improved Countermeasure Dispenser systems.
- U.S. Air Force KC-46A Tanker Program -- On February 24, 2011, the U.S. Air Force selected the Boeing NewGen Tanker to start replacing aging KC-135 aerial refueling tankers. The Air Force designated the new aircraft the KC-46A.The fixed-price contract is valued at over $3.5 billion and calls for Boeing to design, develop, manufacture and deliver 18 aircraft by 2017. The overall program for 179 tankers is valued at upwards of $30 billion. In the initial engineering, manufacturing and design (EMD) phase of the program, Boeing will deliver 4 aircraft to the Air Force for test and evaluation. Based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane, updated with advanced technology, the KC-46A Tanker will allow the Air Forceto deliver fuel to other aircraft in-flight, and transport cargo, passengers and patients. The KC-46A tanker will result in 50,000 jobs in the U.S, at Boeing and more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states.
- International Tanker Programs -- The KC-767 International Tanker provides unrivaled tanker capability and operational flexibility. Technology advances include a fifth-generation boom, second-generation remote vision system, new wing air refueling pods and hose drum unit, and a digital cockpit. Boeing has delivered four KC-767Js to Japan's Ministry of Defense. Boeing continues certification activity for Italy's KC-767A program.
- V-22 Osprey -- The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft capable of taking off and landing like a helicopter, but once airborne, its engine nacelles can be rotated to convert the aircraft to a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight. It is capable of transporting troops and cargo using its medium-lift and vertical-takeoff-and-landing capabilities. In 2008, Boeing received a multiyear contract for 167 aircraft over five years. Five U.S. Marine Corps tiltrotor operational squadrons and one U.S. Air Force Special Operations squadron are active.
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Surveillance and Engagement:
- 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) -- The 737 AEW&C is a state-of-the-art system providing powerful airborne surveillance, communications and battle management. It can track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously and includes a self-defense capability, an advanced open system architecture and an identification friend or foe system.
- Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) -- The E-3 707 AWACS represents the world's standard for airborne early warning systems. The E-3 fills the needs of both airborne surveillance and command and control (C2) for tactical and air defense forces. It provides a highly mobile, survivable surveillance and C2 platform. E-3 fleets are operated by the United States, NATO, the United Kingdom, France and Saudi Arabia. Japan operates a fleet of four E-767 AWACS aircraft.
- P-8A Poseidon -- The P-8A Poseidon is a military derivative of the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 designed to replace the U.S. Navy's fleet of P-3s. The P-8A will significantly improve the U.S. Navy's anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities, as well as armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The Navy awarded Boeing a System Development and Demonstration contract for eight test vehicles. In 2008, Boeing began final assembly and testing of the first P-8A. The program's three flight test aircraft completed their initial flights in 2009, and the first test aircraft, T1, entered the Navy's formal flight test program in fourth quarter 2009 and ferried to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., on April 10, 2010 for completion of flight test.. In January 2009, the government of India selected the P-8I, a variant of the P-8A Poseidon, for its long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare mission. Under this contract, Boeing will deliver eight P-8I aircraft to India. Australia signed an MOU with the U.S. Navy in 2009 and will collaborate in Increment 2.
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Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems:
- Harpoon Block II -- An anti-ship missile featuring autonomous, all-weather, over-the-horizon capability, Harpoon Block II provides accurate long-range strike capability for land and ship targets.
- Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) -- JDAM is a low-cost guidance kit that converts existing unguided free-fall bombs into near precision-guided weapons. The Boeing-funded laser-guided JDAM has been developed, and JDAM Extended Range is being demonstrated with an international customer. Boeing has delivered more than 200,000 JDAM tailkits.
- Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile (PAC-3) -- Boeing provides the seeker for the PAC-3 missile, which defends against short- and medium-range threats with pinpoint accuracy.
- Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) -- SDB is a 250-pound class, near precision-guided weapon launched from a fighter, bomber or unmanned aircraft that can destroy targets from a range of greater than 40 miles and penetrate more than three feet of steel-reinforced concrete with reduced collateral damage. The SDB system improves sortie effectiveness by enabling carriage of four weapons on a single aircraft station.
- Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) -- SLAM-ER is a day/night, adverse weather, over-the-horizon, precision strike missile. SLAM-ER also is an effective, long range, network enabled, precision strike option for pre-planned and target-of-opportunity attack missions against moving and stationary land and ship targets.
- A160T Hummingbird -- The A160T Hummingbird unmanned aerial vehicle is a long-range, long-endurance, unmanned advanced rotorcraft. It features a unique optimum speed rotor technology that enables the Hummingbird to adjust the RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) of the rotor blades at different altitudes and cruise speeds.
- ScanEagle -- A low-cost, long-endurance, autonomous unmanned air system, ScanEagle is used by military customers around the world to loiter over trouble spots and provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data or communications relay.
- Integrator -- Integrator is an autonomous unmanned air system offering an industry-leading payload capacity to enable the capture of high-resolution imagery in day and nighttime conditions and/or the rapid integration of a unique customer required payload package. In July 2010, the U.S. Navy selected Integrator for its small tactical unmanned air system (STUAS)/Tier II competition, to provide the Navy and Marine Corps with an easily deployable ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capability.
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Karen M. Fincutter
Boeing Military Aircraft Communications