Pentagon continues bouncing big bucks to Boeing

Pentagon continues bouncing big bucks to Boeing

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Airmen with the 3rd Munitions Squadron transport a rack of inert small-diameter bombs during readiness training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. This week Boeing was awarded a 10-year $65 million contract to provide small-diameter bombs to 12 foreign nations. (Alejandro Peña/US. Air Force)

WASHINGTON — Boeing Co. has won a $14.3 billion contract to service and maintain all the bombers at an Air Force base in Oklahoma, capping a spree of the company being awash in new Pentagon contract money.

The new contract is to service B-1 and B-52 bombers at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. Boeing “won” the contract easily as the Pentagon opted not to seek competitive bidding. The reason: Boeing is the original equipment manufacturer and has possession of all airframe and systems information, Pentagon officials said Friday.

“This B-1/B-52 Flexible Acquisition and Sustainment contract provides for the upcoming modernization and sustainment efforts to increase lethality, enhance survivability, improve supportability, and increase responsiveness. Work will be performed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is expected to be complete by April 11, 2029,” according to the contract.

That contract joins one for $21.6 million for “indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification” to GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator sustainment. The GBU is known as the “bunker buster” bomb and is designed for use with the B-2 fighter.

Those two contracts follow an even larger one, awarded in March — a $250 million contract to integrate the Long Range Stand-Off Cruise Missile (LRSO) on the B-52. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are developing competing versions of the LRSO; the Air Force said it expects to award the production contract in 2022.

The LRSO is a replacement for the Boeing AGM-86 air-launched cruise missile, designed in the 1970s and fielded in 1982.

The contract surge also had Boeing awarded a 10-year $65 million deal to provide small-diameter bombs to 12 foreign nations. “The sales are to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Israel, South Korea, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Singapore — as well as a future country with an approved letter of offer and acceptance,” the Air Force said in the contract, awarded this week.

“Its small size allows increased aircraft loadout to achieve multiple kills per sortie and inherently reduces the probability of collateral damage,” the Air Force said.

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