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18 Aug 03. The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing Co. a contract worth up to $126m to build a 767-400 jet for use in modelling a new weapons and surveillance aircraft, Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems unit said Monday.

The jet, to be delivered in December 2005, is to be outfitted with computers, displays, radar and other equipment to test out the E-10A concept, a joint project of Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Boeing’s St. Louis-based IDS division, Boeing said. The E-10A is planned as a command and control aircraft with surveillance and weapons capabilities. The contract’s exact price has not been determined.

The plane is to be built in Boeing’s Everett plant and modified in Northrop Grumman’s Lake Charles, Louisiana, plant. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor on the E-10A project, overseeing the program, system engineering and flight-testing. Boeing will handle major structural modification design. Raytheon will be responsible for radar installation.

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