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Joint Cargo Aircraft Loses Boeing

by: Matthew Potter
February 27, 2009

Category: Boeing, Business Line, commercial aviation, Companies, Contract Awards, Countries, Events, Finemeccanica, Italy, L-3, Military Aviation, production program, Restructuring, Services, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army | RSS 2.0

The U.S. Army and Air Force plan to purchase about seventy-eight Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA). This is a light transport to supplement the C-130 primarily used for short haul missions in theater. The C-27J was selected to be the aircraft for the mission. This is a jet built by Finmeccanica in a joint venture with L-3 Communications. The team had been in discussions with Boeing to build an assembly plant for the originally European aircraft in the U.S. Now Bloomberg is reporting that Boeing is dropping out of the program due to the current world economic downturn. The plan is still to build a plant and assemble the aircraft in the U.S. but a new partner will have to be found or L-3 will have to spearhead the work. The JCA has had its issues mainly due to the Army and Air Force having different priorities for the aircraft but it had settled down with Low Rate Initial Production starting.

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