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Boeing KC-767 Tanker Win Would Benefit California Economy

Boeing : 30 May, 2007  (Company News)
Boeing Company has announced that Californians will fill more than 4,000 direct and indirect jobs if it is selected to build the U.S. Air Force's new tanker aircraft fleet. The economic activity generated in California will exceed an estimated $175 million annually.
'California has a long history of supporting our armed forces and fostering the defense and aerospace industries that sustain our nation's military,' said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. 'I applaud Boeing's intention to continue this proud tradition, by selecting California-based companies to help supply the military's newest generation of tanker aircraft.'

Boeing formally submitted its proposal to the Air Force on April 10. The offering, the KC-767 Advanced Tanker, is designed for aerial refueling of other aircraft, but also is able to move cargo, passengers, patients and medical crewmembers. These capabilities, combined with best-in-competition fuel efficiency, global flexibility and optimum size, provide a strong value proposition to the Air Force.

'California's talented workers will play a critical role in producing the KC-767 Advanced Tanker,' said Ron Marcotte, vice president and general manager of Boeing Global Mobility Systems. 'Boeing has a long, proud history in the Golden State. If we have the privilege to build the next generation tanker for the Air Force, California will be an important partner.'

Companies in both central and southern California may provide KC-767 hardware and software development, manufacturing, test and evaluation, support for advanced refueling components like the Hose Drum Unit and Wing Air Refueling Pods, environmental control systems, as well as work on other systems and components.

Nationwide, the Boeing KC-767 Advanced Tanker will be designed, built and supported by 44,000 Americans and 300 U.S. suppliers.
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