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Boeing contracted for test kits for air-launched cruise missiles

By James LaPorta
Boeing contracted for test kits for air-launched cruise missiles
A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 20th Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., flies during a Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., on Jan. 31, 2013. Photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr./U.S. Air Force

May 31 (UPI) -- Boeing has been awarded a contract by the Department of Defense for cruise missiles.

The contract, from the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and valued at more than $17.2 million, comes under the terms of a fixed-price, definitive contract that enables Boeing to provide "Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile/Air-Launched Cruise Missile Test Instrument Kit," according to the Pentagon.

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The AGM-86 Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile, Air-Launched Cruise Missile is a subsonic, air-launched cruise missile designed to increase the effectiveness of the B-52H Stratofortress aircraft, a long-range, strategic bomber.

The contract specifically provides for the "production of test instrument kit, batteries, encryption and decryption units for the air-launched missiles."

Work on the contract will occur in Oklahoma and is expected to be complete in May 2024.

The total cumulative value of the contract will be obligated to Boeing from fiscal 2016 and 2017 missiles procurement funds, the Defense Department said.

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