A US Army-owned Chinook is at the manufacturer’s Mesa, Arizona facility where it is undergoing modifications ahead of tests of the honeycomb composite rotorblades, which form part of the service’s Block II upgrade plan.
Full evaluations will begin in October, following preliminary trials the previous month. Once fielded, the upgrade will increase the heavy-lift helicopter’s useful load to 13,600kg, up from 12,700kg at present.
Although the enhancements are yet to be approved by the US Department of Defense, there is an acknowledgment that “we need to work through Block II to keep the aircraft viable”, says Mark Ballew, director of attack helicopter sales at Boeing. A milestone B decision on the upgrade package is expected in the first half of fiscal year 2017. Boeing is pursuing a Chinook sale to Germany as a replacement for the Luftwaffe’s fleet of Sikorsky CH-53Gs. It may offer Berlin the extended-range model – currently performing “remarkably well” with the Royal Canadian Air Force – which has twice the fuel capacity of baseline F-model.
from FARS news:
On Wednesday, American multinational corporation Boeing announced that it would start delivering the choppers, being built at a production plant in Mesa, Arizona, to Riyadh by the end of the month, presstv reported.
The AH-6is are capable of being armed with Hellfire missiles, rocket launchers, miniguns, and machine guns.
Boeing was given the $234-million military contract in August 2014 by the US army.
5 planes. Only three 737's one 767, one 787 in the first 7 days of June
For some reason, BA has not reported May deliveries. They usually report on the 6th or 7th of the month,
Airbus has already reported may deliveries.
Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $667,522,500 undefinitized fixed-price-incentive, foreign military sales contract (Qatar) for 24 AH-64E Apache helicopters, 1 Longbow crew trainer, ground support equipment, and Thales radios.
14 787's are scheduled for June delivery according to NYC787 site.
All but two are in flight test. Those two are in pre flight prep.
Should be a good delivery month for Everett and Charleston,
Puget sound boeing test flight site has been missing a lot of info for awhile.
They have not reported any 737 first flights since May 20.
If this is accurate, things are getting pretty weird.
A late entry on the NYC787 may delivery list means the May delivery count is 63 planes.
14 787's, one 747, 9 777's, 39 737's.
Finally showing some steam...
reporting sits list 60 deliveries for May. NYC787 shows two 787's scheduled for delivery in May are still sitting on the tarmac, One in Charleston( air Canada) and one in Everett( LAN). Both are listed as ready for delivery.
There were 3 787's listed as stored due to seat issues with Zodiac which are now shown in pre-flight prep so that is a good thing. While 60 planes is a fair number it is still short of the target. And only 39 737's given the shortfall in prior months is not a good sign if the production is actually at 42 month. The reporting sites may update their numbers today to show more planes delivered since it was a long holiday weekend, but we will have to wait and see. The Tanker refueling issues seem to have been resolved and they are now working to incorporate the modifications in the test units (some have been completed and are flying). Why Boeing did not acknowledge the recently announced slip in schedule earlier indicates a serious management problem either at the program level or higher.
The Boeing Co., doing business as Boeing Defense Space and Security, St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $3,205,563,047 fixed-price, incentive-firm, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract modification to previously awarded contract for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits.
United Launch Services LLC, Centennial, Colorado, has been awarded a $138,686,361 modification to previously awarded contract for launch vehicle production services (LVPS).
The Boeing Co., Layton, Utah, has been awarded a $8,130,351 modification to previously awarded contract for sustaining engineering support and program management support for the intercontinental ballistic missile guidance subsystem.
From This is money/U.K.:
Britain is poised to buy 50 US-made Apache attack helicopters for £425 million, dealing a blow to the UK's last helicopter maker, Somerset-based AgustaWestland. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is expected to announce the order at the Farnborough airshow in July. The Boeing Apaches are part of a larger order of 240 helicopters being placed mainly for the US Army. US sources said this has allowed the UK to get a big discount. Each helicopter is believed to cost £8.5 million.
Count is up to 50 as of today.
34 737's, one 747, 6 777's, 10 787's.
Still 3 787's ready with delivery date of the 31st according to NYC787 site.
From Boeing website:
EVERETT, Wash., May 27, 2016 – “As detailed in its statement released today, the U.S. Air Force is moving its formal production decision on the KC-46 tanker program—known as Milestone C—from June 2016 to August 2016 to allow additional time to implement the solution to a refueling boom loads issue identified during flight testing earlier this year.
The Air Force also released an updated projection from Boeing for initial KC-46 deliveries and the expected timing for delivery of the first 18 certified tanker aircraft, a milestone known as Required Assets Available (RAA). Due to ongoing complexities associated with qualification and certification of the aircraft’s centerline drogue and wing-aerial refueling pod (WARP) systems, and the previously announced higher volume of change incorporation to bring the first 18 aircraft up to the certification configuration, the first tanker delivery will move from March 2017 to August 2017 with the 18th aircraft delivered in January 2018.
The underlying production system remains on track, and Boeing will have more than 18 aircraft through the factory line and in various stages of final change incorporation and certification by August 2017. The first 18 aircraft will be equipped with refueling boom and centerline drogue refueling capabilities as well as all other contract required capability except WARPs. The WARP systems required to complete full contractual RAA will be delivered separately in October 2018.
It really stinks:
NEW YORK, May 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force and Boeing Co said on Friday that Boeing will miss its deadline for delivering an initial batch of KC-46 aerial refueling tankers.
The first group of 18 aircraft, made from modified Boeing 767 jetliners, will be delivered by January 2018, rather than by August 2017 as previously planned. The Air Force said the planes will also have some operational limitations.
Boeing did not disclose any charges related to the delay. But it said "any potential financial impact on the program from these changes will be assessed as part of our second quarter closing process and take into account remaining management reserves, along with our ongoing cost mitigation efforts."