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The Boeing Company yesterday filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office against the Bush administration‘s decision to award the U.S. Air Force’s contract for a new medium range air tanker to Northrop Grumman and its European partner, the French and German-controlled European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company for their KC-45A rather than Boeing‘s KC-767. The $35 billion decision to buy 179 aircraft -- expected to grow to a $100 billion commitment to buy 600 in all-- came as a bombshell to Boeing and has rocked the U.S. aerospace industry.
Boeing manufactures the 787's tail fin at its plant in Frederickson, Washington, the ailerons and flaps at Boeing Australia, and fairings at Boeing Canada Technology. For its entire history, Boeing has guarded its techniques for designing and mass producing commercial jetliner wings. For economic reasons, the wings are manufactured by Japanese companies in Nagoya such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries; the horizontal stabilizers are manufactured by Alenia Aeronautica in Italy; and the fuselage sections by Vought in Charleston, South Carolina, (USA), Alenia in Italy, Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan and Spirit AeroSystems, in Wichita, Kansas, (USA). The subcontractors are all designing with Catia V5.
The passenger doors are made by Latecoere (France), and the cargo doors, access doors, and crew escape door are made by Saab (Sweden). Japanese industrial participation is very important to the project, with a 35% work share, and many of the subcontractors supported and funded by the Japanese government. On April 26, 2006, Japanese manufacturer Toray Industries and Boeing announced a production agreement involving $6 billion worth of carbon fiber. The deal is an extension of a contract signed in 2004 between the two companies and eases some concerns that Boeing might have difficulty maintaining its production goals for the 787. On February 6, 2008, TAL Manufacturing Solutions Limited, a subsidiary of the Tata Group (India) announced a deal to deliver floor beams for the 787 from their factory at Mihan, near Nagpur, India to assembly plants in Italy, Japan and the United States.
Messier-Dowty (France) builds the landing gear and Thales supplies the integrated standby flight display and electrical power conversion system. Honeywell and Rockwell-Collins provide flight control, guidance, and other avionics systems, including standard dual head up guidance systems. Future integration of forward-looking infrared is being considered by Flight Dynamics allowing improved visibility using thermal sensing as part of the HUD system, allowing pilots to "see" through the clouds.
Connecticut (USA)-based Hamilton Sundstrand provides power distribution and management systems for the aircraft, including manufacture and production of Generator Control Units (GCUs) as well as integration of power transfer systems that can move power from the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and the main engines to the necessary parts and machinery of the aircraft. Cold weather test of the APU took place in Alaska.
Originally posted by interestedalways
I would think this step would be just as significant if say, all the Fords would be moving to Germany to be made by Volkswagon.
There are alot of people on this board in the aviation field it seems by the turnout in some of the other threads I visit, I am surprised they haven't come to speak out thier take on this.
I actually skimmed through the RFP for the KC-45 (I don't recommened it for most people because it's really really really long), and after seeing the announcement for the contract, the Airbus proposal beat Boeing's Frankentanker hands down in every single category.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
To put it bluntly Boeing got outsmarted, and now they're whining about it, and using legal action to claim that they got cheated out of the contract. One of the big things being used by them is the fact that Airbus is "French", and costing American jobs. Which is a total joke. Their aircraft cost just as many jobs by having huge portions built overseas.