The U.S. Air Force has decided to replace the current presidential aircraft platform with a customized Boeing (NYSE: BA) 747-8 series.
USAF said Wednesday it plans to award Boeing with a sole-source contract to modify the company’s 747-8 design for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program.
“We still need to finalize the overall acquisition strategy and conduct risk-reduction activities with Boeing to inform the engineering and manufacturing development contract negotiations that will define the capabilities and cost, ” said Col. Amy McCain, PAR program manager.
The service also aims to compete sustainment services throughout the estimated 30-year lifecycle of the future presidential plane.
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said the program’s goal is to leverage certified commercial technologies as well as “cost-conscious” buying practices.
“We are committed to incorporating competition for subsystems of the missionized aircraft as much as practicable, and will participate substantively in any competitions led by the prime contractor, ” James added.