Boeing introduces new 737 Signals Intelligence
Boeing in January said it planned to offer a 737 signals intelligence
(SIGINT) aircraft that can be used for airborne intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance (ISR), and also advanced network-centric communications.
The aircraft concept is a variant of Boeing's P-8A Multi-mission
Maritime Aircraft being developed for the U.S. Navy. The 737 SIGINT
variant will leverage the P-8A's advanced open mission-system architecture,
mature design, contractor logistics support, training and world-class
production facilities. According to Tim Norgart, director, Airborne
Anti-Submarine Warfare and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Business Development, the aircraft not only will provide the U.S.
Department of Defense with options for current and future ISR requirements,
but also is adaptable to international SIGINT mission sets. Commonality
between the new aircraft and the P-8A will help save development,
operating and maintenance costs.
Making history: 5,000th 737 delivery celebrated
Thousands of Boeing employees, joined by Southwest Airlines representatives
and other guests, celebrated a historic milestone last month at
Boeing's Renton, Wash., site: the delivery of the 5,000th 737 to
come off the production line. Guinness World Records has acknowledged
the 737 as the most-produced large commercial jet airplane in aviation
history. The 737 is the best-selling commercial jetliner of all
time, with total orders exceeding 6,000 airplanes.
"The 737 is an icon of efficiency in air travel and one of
commercial aviation's greatest success stories," said Alan
Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. "We are absolutely thrilled that the world's largest
737 operator, Southwest Airlines, is the owner of this historic
airplane. Our partnership with Southwest and hundreds of other 737
customers has resulted in continuous improvements to the 737 and
its ability to help our customers be successful."