December 2004/January 2005
Volume 03, Issue 8
|Boeing in the News|
unveils China Airlines 747-400 in distinctive livery
Analysts at IBM's "On Demand Business" conference in Rye Book, N.Y., were briefed on the strategic rationale for establishing the long-term strategic alliance between Boeing and IBM, and on Boeing's competencies in large-scale systems integration and network-centric operations. NCO links ground, air and space elements within a common architecture, giving users real-time information with which to make decisions and take action.
On Sept. 20, Boeing and IBM announced a 10-year strategic alliance to address an estimated $200 billion market in military communications, intelligence, and homeland security. The companies will develop advanced digital communications technologies for the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence-community ground- and space-based systems.
Despite the 7.5 percent increase over 2004 spending initially proposed by the Italian Defense Ministry, the current budget draft includes significant cuts that may preclude the launch of any new programs in 2005.
Meanwhile, the Boeing 767 Tanker team this fall celebrated the completion of Critical Design Review for Italy's new 767 Tanker, and the delivery of the program's first next-generation Remote Aerial Refueling Operator station.
The review covered all aspects of the tanker's structure, support equipment, electrical systems and avionics, including the next-generation aerial refueling system.
"We're extremely proud of the great engineering work that has brought us to this critical part of building the 767 Tanker," said KC-767 Tanker Vice President Jim O'Neill. "With the expertise and commitment I've seen on this program, we're putting together a very capable and dependable air refueler for our customers."
The first next-generation Remote Aerial Refueling Operator station for the Italian 767 Tanker program was assembled in Long Beach, Calif., and shipped to Wichita, Kan., where it will be integrated with other hardware and software and components.
The program manager, chief program engineer and business development lead of all resident programs on site have completed Strategic Architecture's Minimum Level of Interoperability training course, a tailored introduction to Boeing's vision of NCO. Ft. Walton Beach, part of IDS' Aerospace Support business unit, has some 605 workers.
"The Special Operations Forces Aerospace Support Center is a significant Boeing site with numerous efforts under way to modify critical military aircraft such as the C-130 gunship," said Strategic Architecture NCO Program Support Director Joe Saad. "Aircraft modification programs present a unique opportunity to add NCO capabilities to existing platforms, so we are extremely pleased to be able to reach all of the site's key programs and leaders with our NCO training."
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