BAE Systems and Boeing have signed a collaboration agreement for the design, development, supply and support of air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft based on the Boeing 767. According to BAE Systems, the teaming agreement will secure a significant number of jobs in the UK.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) applies to the current UK programme for the future provision of replacement tanker aircraft, as well as existing programmes in the United States, Japan, and Italy.
The MOU also applies to all future programmes globally and potential growth into other large platforms.
‘A significant market for tankers exists world-wide. We are excited about making Britain’s aerospace industry part of our global tanker team,’ said Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defence Systems.
‘Today’s announcement is firm evidence of Boeing’s commitment to the UK and support of high value engineering jobs, as well as Boeing’s close working relationship with BAE Systems,’ added Albaugh.