Congresswoman Richardson Applauds $35 Billion Contract Awarded to Boeing

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Rep. Laura Richardson (CA-37) Commends Pentagon Award of $35 Billion Tanker Contract to Boeing

Friday, February 25, 2011 Congresswoman Laura Richardson applauded the Pentagon’s decision to award Boeing a $35 billion contract to build 179 new air refueling tankers for the U.S. Air Force.  The agreement with Boeing is one of the largest military contracts in history and will help to create and keep thousands of jobs throughout the United States.

“I am thrilled to learn that the Pentagon has selected Boeing to provide 179 new air refueling tankers for the U.S. Air Force.  Boeing is uniquely suited to fulfill the Air Force’s need to modernize this crucial part of its fleet,” said Congresswoman Richardson.  “With this contract, Boeing will create thousands of jobs throughout the country, and I am pleased to announce that several dozen new jobs will be added here in the 37th Congressional District, bringing in millions of dollars to our community.”

Boeing is scheduled to deliver the first 18 combat-ready KC 46A tankers in 2017 and will ultimately replace the aging Eisenhower-era fleet of Boeing KC-135 tankers currently in service.  The tankers will be based on Boeing’s 767 commercial aircraft currently in production.  “These tankers will provide the best and most modern equipment to our men and women in uniform, strengthen our military and help keep our nation safe,” said Congresswoman Richardson.

Boeing has announced that at least six firms in the 37th Congressional District will be involved in the production on the new KC 46A tankers.  They include Carson based Hydroform USA and Monogram Systems, Neill Aircraft Co. in Long Beach, Sonic Industries Inc. in Torrance, Vantage Associates Inc. in Gardena and Venture Aircraft Inc. in Compton.

“I have been proud to work with Boeing over the past several years and support their initiatives as one of the world’s premier aircraft manufacturers and an important contributor to our District’s local economy,” Congresswoman Richardson said.

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