Boeing has won a $56 million contract to maintain training simulators for six types of Navy aircraft, the first in what the company sees as a segue into further contracts to maintain simulators for Navy maritime patrol aircraft.
Boeing began work this month on the simulator maintenance contract, under which it will maintain training devices for the P-3C, EP-3, P-8A, EA-6B, EA-18G and SH-60B, at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.; Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Wash., and Kadena Air Base, Japan. The work will occupy more than a hundred employees and subcontractors.
“Boeing is in the simulator maintenance and support business today, but this is broadening our reach into maritime patrol platforms like the H-60 and P-3, that we haven’t been involved with before,” says Jerry Bushue, a business development manager for Boeing’s Training Systems and Government Services division. In addition to maintenance, Boeing already has a contract to deliver the actual P-8 simulators to Jacksonville next year.
“It’s pretty straightforward,” Bushue says. “We don’t anticipate any technical risk. And the best part is that we get to understand the P-3 and H-60 markets and their operators.”