The U.S. military plans to award an exclusive contract to Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport to supply helicopters for Afghanistan’s military, speeding a deal that was outlined as part of a “reset” of U.S.-Russia relations.
In a Jan. 13 notice, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Contracting Center said it would award a “sole-source” contract to Rosoboronexport for the purchase of Mi-17 helicopters, rugged Soviet-era aircraft that are a workhorse of Afghan military forces. “This item is restricted to Rosoboronexport,” the notice said.
Boeing Co. said it plans to cut about 1,100 jobs through the end of next year as it pares production of a line of military-cargo aircraft.
The aerospace and defense giant plans to scale back annual production of its C-17 Globemaster III airlifters to 10 a year from the 13 it will deliver in 2011. Most of the cuts are expected to affect workers at the program’s final-assembly site in Long Beach, Calif., with other reductions likely at facilities in Macon, Ga.; Mesa, Ariz.; and St. Louis.
In addition to cargo aircraft, Boeing makes CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache helicopters.