A new airplane from The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) is expected to have a positive impact on a Fort Wayne operation. Boeing has selected BAE Systems to provide some of the electronics for its 737 MAX. BAE says manufacturing work on the spoiler control systems will take place in the Allen County city. The first Boeing 737 MAX is expected to be delivered in 2017. July 8, 2013

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ENDICOTT, N.Y. — The Boeing Company has selected BAE Systems to provide the spoiler control electronics for the new Boeing 737 MAX. The successful outcome of this competitive procurement was largely driven by the BAE Systems team’s ability to demonstrate a system that showed technical readiness and reduced development risk when introduced on the Boeing 737 MAX.

“The reliability and cost effectiveness of our spoiler control design reflects BAE Systems’ successful history of flight controls,” said Dr. Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of Commercial Aircraft Solutions at BAE Systems. “Our spoiler control electronics will help Boeing achieve its goal of improving the handling characteristics for the world’s most advanced single-aisle plane, the 737 MAX.”

BAE Systems' relationship with Boeing has evolved over the last six decades, from developing the first weapon control for the F-4 jet fighter to providing avionics and control subsystems for commercial and military Boeing airplanes. A recipient of Boeing’s 2011 Supplier of the Year Pathfinder Award, the company provides a large range of products on Boeing airplanes and General Electric engines.

“Boeing appreciates BAE Systems’ commitment to the Partnering for Success program, and their focus on reducing cost to meet program objectives,” said Kent Fisher, vice president of Supplier Management at Boeing. “BAE Systems’ proposal was an aggressive approach toward making the 737 MAX successful. We look forward to collaborating with them on this and future opportunities.”

The 737 MAX is a new-engine variant of the world's best-selling airplane, building on the strengths of the Next-Generation 737 with advancements in fuel-efficiency and environmental performance. Equipped with the new LEAP-1B engines from CFM International and improvements such as the Advanced Technology winglet, the 737 MAX reduces fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 13 percent and maintains the 8 percent operating cost advantage over the future competition. Currently, more than 1,300 orders have been placed for the airplane.

The Boeing 737 is the world's most popular and reliable commercial jet transport, with more than 10,000 orders to date. Boeing forecasts global demand for more than 23,000 airplanes in the 737's market segment over the next 20 years at a value of nearly $2 trillion.

BAE Systems is a leader in high-integrity flight and engine controls, and cabin and flight-deck systems. Every second, a flight takes off enabled by its flight critical systems. The spoiler control electronics will be developed at the company’s Endicott, New York facility and manufactured at its Ft. Wayne, Indiana facility. The delivery of the first 737 MAX is expected in 2017.

Source: BAE Systems

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