Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received Aviation Week & Space Technology Program Excellence Awards for three programs: the Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System (RTCASS), the 702 Medium Power (MP) commercial satellite and, with Bell Helicopter, the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor.
“These programs represent the ‘best of the best’ for their commitment to quality, execution and affordability, delivering on-time and on-budget results for customers throughout program life cycles,” said Nan Bouchard, vice president of Program Management for Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
The following programs were honored during a ceremony in Phoenix on Nov. 7:
- V-22 Osprey — System Level Sustainment category: The Bell Boeing joint service, multi-role aircraft uses tiltrotor technology to combine the vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing airplane. The program was recognized for improving fleet readiness, reliability and affordability thanks to a team that keeps aircraft flyable; maintains the right parts; and improves maintenance efficiency and component reliability.
- RTCASS — Sub-System Production category: Developed for the U.S. Marine Corps, RTCASS ensures weapon system availability and mission readiness for the EA-6B, F/A-18, H-1, AV-8B, MV-22, and U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command CV-22. Two equipment bays (a High Power version adds three bays when needed) operate in mobile shelters so personnel can repair weapons subsystems in the field, onboard L-class ships, or in repair depots. The program was recognized for deploying 132 systems that met all logistics requirements.
- Intelsat 702MP — “Other” category: Expanding its network of space and terrestrial assets, Intelsat S.A. needed a satellite to accommodate different power ranges and a variety of payloads. The solution was the new Boeing 702MP configuration satellite based on the proven 702 line. Its modular “plug and play” antenna design allows flexibility to meet customer needs. Aviation Week recognized the program for its management, teamwork and innovation, and for delivering the first system to Intelsat in an industry-record 29 months.
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