Boeing to provide A160T Hummingbird to Marine Corps

  • 06-Dec-2010 04:48 EST

In March, Boeing demonstrated the A160T's ability to deliver at least 2500 lb of cargo from one simulated forward-operating base to another base 75 nmi away in less than the required 6 h.

The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Boeing a $29.9 million contract for Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems services to support the U.S. Marine Corps. Boeing will provide two A160T Hummingbird unmanned vehicles, three ground control stations, spares, training, and support. The A160T aircraft designated for the contract are near completion on the Boeing production line that started in March at the company's Mesa, AZ, facility. This contract is the first for Hummingbirds from the company-funded production line. It calls for a period of predeployment operations at a military facility in the continental U.S., followed by options for a six-month deployment to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

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