Boeing Awarded $3.5b USAF Contract


The U.S. Air Force tapped Boeing for a $3.5 billion contract.

Boeing won a seven-year $3.5 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to work on a missile-defense system, according to the Santa Maria Times.

Announced on December 30, the contract will see work performed on the U.S. military's ground-based midcourse missile-defense system, which make use of placements at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California. The installations also are situated in Alaska.

"Today's award is the culmination of a two-year proposal process that brought together a broad industry group committed to delivering innovative solutions and a cost-effective approach to program management and execution," president and chief executive officer Dennis Muilenburg with Boeing Defense, Space & Security told the publication.

Though Boeing was unable to be precise, officials with the company said roughly 200 laborers in California are working on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program. The contract won by Boeing is projected to create intelligence jobs and opportunities for professionals holding security clearance.

The 30th Space Wing is based at Vanderberg Air Force Base and the wing directs the Defense Department's space and missile testing by sending satellites into polar orbit from locales on the West Coast of the U.S., according to the base's website.