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USAF awards contact for preliminary design of next Air Force One

U.S. Air Force has awarded a contract modification for just under $600 million to Boeing on Sept. 12, 2017, for preliminary design efforts for the next U.S. presidential aircraft, based on Boeing 747-8 aircraft.

The contract mod…


U.S. Air Force has awarded a contract modification for just under $600 million to Boeing on Sept. 12, 2017, for preliminary design efforts for the next U.S. presidential aircraft, based on Boeing 747-8 aircraft.

The contract modification includes the design to incorporate a mission communication system, electrical power upgrades, a medical facility, an executive interior, a self-defense system and autonomous ground operations capabilities into two commercial Boeing 747-8s.

These aircraft will replace the two aging VC-25A (747-200) presidential support aircraft.

These aircraft will provide the president of the United States with safe, reliable and affordable air transportation equipped with all mission capabilities necessary to continuously execute the constitutional responsibilities of commander-in-chief, head of state, and chief executive.

Under this contract action, Boeing and their suppliers will complete the initial design of the future Air Force One. The Air Force is committed to working with Boeing to ensure the PAR program meets presidential airlift mission requirements, as well as the president's affordability expectations.

The Air Force is also working with Boeing on a follow-on contract modification, referred to as the Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract modification, which will continue the program through detailed design, aircraft modification, test and delivery of two presidential mission-ready aircraft.

The EMD contract modification is planned to be awarded in the Summer of 2018.