- Boeing said it reached a deal with the USAF on PAR
- This is one of the most high profile and expensive programmes the USAF will tackle
A Boeing official said on 27 February that the price as agreed includes work to develop and build two presidential aircraft, including those unique to Air Force One, such as a communications suite, internal and external stairs, large galleys, and other equipment. It also includes structural changes designed to protect and sustain the president and those on board for an extended period of time.
These structural changes include some work already on contract, such as development and design work, and two 747-8 wide-body airliners. The programme will also perform modifications including an electrical power upgrade with dual auxiliary power units that are usable in flight, executive interior, military avionics, and autonomous enplaning and deplaning, according to the USAF’s fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request.
The deal also includes the engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) contract, which has not yet been awarded. Neither the USAF nor Boeing responded to requests for comment.
The USAF requested USD673 million in FY 2019 for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) work. The service, in FY 2019, will continue preliminary design activities and begin EMD.
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