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  • Italy Also Hops into Bed with Boeing on Tanker Program
    Posted by Christina Mackenzie 9:27 PM on Jun 07, 2010

    Well now, isn't this a strange thing. The very day that AgustaWestland's mother company Finmeccanica announces that it has reached an agreement with Boeing for the U.S. Navy's Presidential helicopter program (as posted earlier by Bettina), it also announces that another of its subsidiaries - DRS Technologies - has signed a teaming agreement with Boeing for the NewGen Tanker program. DRS will collaborate with Boeing on the console design and then manufacture the Aerial Refueling Operator Station (AROS) and provide the interconnect design and associated cable sets to integrate AROS into the Tanker. All this contingent, naturally, upon Boeing winning the contract from the US Air Force. DRS has produced and integrated global transport tanker aircraft Remote Aerial Refueling Operator Consoles, cables and harnesses for Boeing since 2006.

    And just to add some Italian input to Bettina's post : Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, Finmeccanica's CEO remarked that his company and Boeing had enjoyed a “long and successful history spanning over four decades,” and that Finmeccania had “made a strategic decision to work with Boeing because it is the best solution for the VXX competition.”

    Giuseppe Orsi, CEO of AgustaWestland added that “there are many reasons why it [the AW101] won the first time around.” Despite Boeing now holding the intellectual property, data and production rates for the helicopter, AgustaWestland says it will keep a role in developing the program “and will be awarded a significant part of the basic helicopter production.”

    Tags: ar99, Italy, Boeing, tanker

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