Boeing, the US Marine Corps, the US Air Force and the US Navy celebrated the transformation of a structure from 33.000 square meters outside Philadelphia into a modern factory where company employees will build fuselages for the V-22 and upgrade MV-22 fleet for the marines.
"Boeing's 115 million-dollar investment supports US and international demand for the unrivaled capabilities of the V-22"said David Koopersmith, vice president and general manager of Boeing Vertical Lift. "We started this project two years ago in an unused building. It is now a state-of-the-art production center for the only tilt-rotor in service in the world. "
The new plant will improve safety and productivity, reduce operating costs and environmental impact. Will host the program Common Configuration - Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) that standardizes the Osprey fleet of the Marine Corps by updating the aircraft previously built to the new Block C configuration. The factory will also house the fuselage production for Marina, Aeronautics, Marines and international customers.
"The V-22 preparation program is our priority"said Colonel Matthew Kelly of the US Marine Corps, Joint Program Manager V-22. The CC-RAM program is essential to achieve our goals of readiness and return capable and reliable aircraft to marine units around the world. "
Boeing employs approximately 4.600 people in Pennsylvania and produces 16.000 direct and indirect jobs in the Commonwealth.