Allen Aircraft Products joins aerial refueling tanker team

  • 24-May-2010 04:40 EDT

The Boeing NewGen tanker, based on the Boeing 767 commercial airplane, is being offered as a replacement for 179 KC-135 aircraft. The NewGen tanker can refuel using the boom or hose and drogue on every mission.

Allen Aircraft Products Inc. joined forces with the Boeing Co. as part of a team to bid for the U.S. Air Force's new fleet of aerial refueling tankers. As a member of the team, Allen Aircraft will become eligible to increase orders if Boeing is awarded the tanker contract in 2010. Based in Ravenna, OH, Allen Aircraft is a producer of aircraft fluid system components and metal finishing processing. Close to 700 jobs and an estimated $33 million in annual revenues would be generated as a result of Boeing's potential winning tanker bid. Allen Aircraft will join Voss Industries, Achilles Aerospace Products, and several other Ohio suppliers in helping Boeing deliver an American-designed and -built, combat-ready tanker featuring max capability at lowest cost.

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