The Boeing Company, an American multinational corporation, was awarded two government contracts valuing a total of over $54 Billion in February 2014.In mid-February, 2014, the U.S Air Force awarded Boeing with a 10+ yearlong contract with a total value of approximately $52 Billion. The contract calls for Boeing to produce a newly designed Tanker called the KC-46 which will costs $250 - $300 million each. These new tankers are to replace Boeing’s old military spec KC-135 tankers. The KC-46 is larger than the old KC-135, has a higher transfer fuel load, and the passenger seating has been increased from 37 to 114 seats. Performance has also been made better as well as the KC-46 has a cruising range of about 5-times that of the KC-135 which will allow better service over longer distances.
The contract expects Boeing to complete a total of 179 tankers with 18 to be complete and in service by 2017. At the end of February, 2014 Boeing was awarded a $2.1 Billion contract granted by the Pentagon. This contract called for Boeing to produce 16 addition P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft's. These spy planes will be used by the U.S. Navy, replacing their currently aging fleet of the P-3 Orion. The P-8A, dubbed the Poseidon, is much more expensive than its predecessor, costing around $275 Million each compared to the P-3 Orion’s price of $45 Million. However, the performance has been upgraded as the P-8A Poseidon will be able to reach cruise speeds of 506 mph compared to the P-3 Orion’s 466 mph.
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