Boeing, GE Sign $108M AF Tanker Control Systems Agreement; Lorraine Bolsinger Comments

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has signed a potential $180 million contract with General Electric (NYSE: GE) for GE to provide mission control systems for a U.S. Air Force tanker.

GE said work will include system design, development and production for the KC-46A tanker.

Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO of GE’s aviation systems business, said the tanker platform will feature updated aerospace navigation technologies.

The company will also provide flight management systems to help steer the tanker through shorter flight paths and help reach goals for reducing energy consumption.

Additionally, the mission control system will mark the first implementation of the Aeronautical Telecommunications Network on a U.S. Defense Department aircraft.

That network is designed to operate in the NextGen infrastructure, GE said.

Boeing is using existing software from the commercial and military arenas to build the tanker.

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