From British press:
The Boeing KC-46 test program has completed a series of flutter tests of the 767-2C tanker type, certifying it to operate with wing aerial refuelling pods and its tanker tail boom stowed.
Boeing released a video this week that shows the EMD-1 aircraft, used to certify the 767-2C airframe, passing through basic manoeuvres.
the delivery gates may be opening. As of Thursday evening they have delivered 22 planes in the first 13 days.
They need to accelerate the rate to make the targets.
Spirit Aerosystems celebrated Thursday as the first Boeing 737 Max fuselage rolled off the line in Wichita.
Now all that’s waiting for final assembly are a few details, such as engines and wings, which will be added later on Boeing’s new third Renton assembly line.
The Boeing Co., Huntsville, Alabama, is being awarded a $9,800,000, competitive cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Multi-Object Kill Vehicle. Under this new contract, the contractor will define a concept that can destroy several objects within a threat complex by considering advanced sensor, divert and attitude control and communication concepts.
reporting sites show 19 deliveries. They need about 68 total to get back on track
BA was one of 26 companies in a 29.9 billion dollar contract awarded on Wednesday for Simulator work.
Not sure. The plant was not that big and they had other facilities that could pick up ay slack.
More likely that some deliveries are being held back to try and influence ex-im vote. If so, bad idea.
These customers were probably already in the ex-im system before ex-im activity ceased.
Boeing Service Co., (part of boeing aerospace and defense) Richardson, Texas, has been awarded a $9,945,179 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously awarded General Services Administration Schedule (GS-23F-0183K) for pre-engineering and manufacturing development efforts intended for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program. Contractor activities will help assess maturity of subsystem technology, reduce weapon system integration risk, and lower life cycle cost by virtue of design.
From product design and development: DARPA is supporting the development with their $6.6 million contract awarded on July 27, the plane isn’t armed: its use in a theoretical space war of the future would be as a defense against armed satellites and other space weapons. DARPA’s goal is for the spaceplane to be able to carry one two-ton satellite into space every day for 10 days in a row, while keeping the cost of the mission under $5 million per flight. Other key technical goals including hitting Mach 1.Boeing had help from the start-up Blue Origin, headquartered in Washington DC, in order to build the XS-1’s extraordinarily powerful motor. A version of Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine, modified by Boeing, could produce more than half a million pounds of thrust. The DARPA contract requires Boeing to continue the development of the XS-1 with an eye to a completion date of August 2016. Before that, Boeing will have to hit several demonstration benchmarks and present a Technology Maturation Plan.
Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $14,579,980 modification (P00027) to foreign military sales contract (Turkey, United Arab Emirates) W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for Chinook helicopters, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2020.
BA reported only 58 deliveries in July bringing the YTD total to 439. They need 63 a month for the rest of the year to reach the year 2915 low end target of 750. Hopefully a strong august number will get them on track to meet or exceed the high end number.
It will be interesting to watch the stocks of the companies involved in the upcoming new Bomber announcement. While there will normally be some activity from speculators, The activity in the week before the announcement might give a hint as to who wins.