A new report by consulting firm McAleese & Associates says Boeing (NYSE: BA) has begun to “self-fund” research and development work on some Defense Department programs as it aims to win new contract opportunities.
Jim McAleese, founder and principal at McAleese & Associates, wrote that one of those opportunities is the U.S. Air Force’s potential $63B Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program that Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg considers as the next “strategic-franchise-pursuit” of the company’s defense, space and security business.
Boeing said in its third-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, Oct. 24, that it considers the T-X trainer program as a “$40B multi-decade franchise” with international market opportunity for up to 2.6K aircraft, sustainment and training support.
The MQ-25 carrier-based unmanned aircraft program is a potential “$20B market opportunity” for approximately 200 planes.
The company noted that it has two production-ready T-X jets and an MQ-25 demonstrator aircraft that is being prepared for its initial flight.
The Chicago-based defense contractor reported $25B in sales for Q3 2018, up 4 percent from the same period last year, according to the report.
Boeing saw its cash flow climb 34 percent to $4.6B and recorded a 37 percent increase in Q3 earnings per share for 2018.
The company’s defense business posted a 31 percent rise in total backlog to $58B in Q3 2018, which McAleese associated with T-X, MQ-25 and UH-1N Huey aircraft programs.