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Boeing Wins $600 Million Contract to Design the Next Air Force One

Boeing Wins $600 Million Contract to Design the Next Air Force One”

Two Boeing 747-8 commercial jetliners once owned by defunct Russian airline Transaero will receive hundreds of millions of dollars worth of design upgrades before eventually becoming the United States president's personal ride, Air Force One.

The Air Force said it is working with Boeing on a follow-on contract modification for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase, which will continue the program through detailed design, aircraft modification, test and delivery of two mission-ready presidential aircraft. The airline was never in possession of the planes before going bankrupt.

"Following the award of the contract to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft, this contract award is the next major step forward toward ensuring an overall affordable program", said Maj.

The Air Force said the $600 million contract will cover the costs of redesigning the interior and avionics of the airplanes, upgrading communications and electrical power systems, adding a medical facility, an executive interior, and a self-defense system. The Air Force cited Boeing, which considered it sensitive competitive information.

Then-President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAir Force awards 0M contract for initial Air Force One design USA ambassador to UK: You'll like Trump "when you get to know him" Dems: Flynn did not disclose Middle East trip MORE slammed the cost of the Air Force One replacement program, tweeting in December to "cancel order!"

According to the White House, it is common to refer to the two huge 747s designed for the president's unique needs as Air Force One, but technically "Air Force One" "can describe any Air Force aircraft carrying the President". The first contract was for the purchase of the planes, this one is for design plans and a future contract expected next summer will work out details of manufacturing, test and delivery.



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