U.S. Air Force and Boeing C-17 sustainment partnership extended

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Boeing’s role in maintaining the C-17 Globemaster III’s global mission readiness will continue after the US Department of Defense awards the company a follow-up contract.

The contract, valued at $ 23.8 billion, includes options and potential incentives over 10 years.

The program is currently funded until September 2024 with a Phase I award of $ 3.5 billion.

Under the agreement, Boeing will continue to perform critical sustainment activities, including engineering, field support and materiel management, for the global fleet of 275 aircraft. The contract provides additional funding for new work such as international staffing to increase maintenance efforts and the statement of work on cybersecurity.

“The C-17 continues to serve as a strategic workhorse for the country’s airlift, as evidenced by its impressive performance in the recent airlifting of more than 124,000 evacuees from Afghanistan in a 24-hour operation. 24 ”, declared the sergeant. Gen. Darren Cole, Air Mobility Command (AMC) director of logistics, engineering and force protection. “As the command responsible for the operations of the US Air Force C-17 Fleet, AMC looks forward to continuing to partner with our Boeing teammates as we work to keep the Globemaster Fleet healthy for them. years to come.”

This performance-based logistics (PBL) contract builds on more than two decades of successful maintenance of the C-17, where Boeing has worked closely with the U.S. Air Force and global partners to maintain capacity rates high mission rates and continually improve affordability. While sustainment costs typically increase as the fleet ages, Boeing will reduce operating costs per flight hour for the global fleet under the new agreement.

“We bend the cost curve on platforms such as the C-17 by leveraging the breadth and depth of capabilities and expertise of Boeing services around the world, and by applying tools data and analytics to improve predictability and performance in every C-17 mission, ”said Dan Gillian, vice president and general manager of US government services for Boeing Global Services.

Boeing uses digital tools and analysis to optimize operations, increase availability and reduce maintenance costs on platforms such as the C-17 Globemaster III.

“By working in partnership with our military customers, we derive data insights from these aircraft that improve readiness and increase fleet efficiency,” added Gillian. “Analytical insights provide actionable insights to predict component failures, resolve errors faster and more accurately, complete repairs faster, and support flight crew decision making. “

Boeing has been under contract for PBL support for the C-17 fleet since 1998. This new $ 3.5 billion phase I award is expected to be ordered by the Air Force until 2024. As part of a PBL agreement, a customer receives an agreed level of system readiness, as opposed to a traditional contract for specific spare parts and support services. This integrated logistics approach has enabled Boeing to apply innovative tools to maximize aircraft availability while reducing costs.

The global C-17 fleet boasts the best availability rates of aircraft in its class, while serving as a strategic workhorse for the airlift of the US Air Force and its global partners. In January 2020, the C-17 fleet became one of the fastest to reach four million flight hours. The United States, Australia, Canada, India, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the strategic airlift capability of 12 countries all operate the C-17 Globemaster III.


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