The Air Force has let the contract with Boeing for five more C-17s, bringing its total order so far to 218, just five shy of completing its 223-aircraft program of record. Boeing earlier this month received $963 million for these five aircraft. Jerry Drelling, Boeing C-17 spokesman, told the Daily Report that these aircraft are part of the 10 for which Congress appropriated funds in Fiscal 2010. He said Boeing expects the contract for the Air Force’s five final C-17s around September. As of earlier this month, the Air Force had taken delivery of 210 C-17s. (See DOD’s May 16 list of major contracts.)
March 4, 2024
The Air Force has published images of an operational hypersonic Air-Launched Rapid-Response Weapon (ARRW) in Guam; a disclosure possibly meant to send a message to China but which raises questions about the future of the ARRW, which the Air Force insists it is not planning to procure in quantity.