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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Boeing says optimistic about extending fighter line

FA-18 Super HornetBoeing Co said on Tuesday it was optimistic about extending production of its F/A-18E/F and EA-18G fighter jets beyond 2017 given possible foreign orders and U.S. Navy officials' recent statements about the need for more planes.

Dan Gillian, who runs both fighter programs for Boeing, told Reuters the company expected Denmark to announce the outcome of its fighter competition in June or July, and that a Middle East order could come as early as the second quarter.

Boeing has been pursuing a possible order from Kuwait for years for an uncertain number of jets to be built in 2018.

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