OKLAHOMA CITY – Boeing today opened a new engineering, research and development lab facility near Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City that will design, test and apply modernization technologies for legacy aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster III and the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).
The 300,000-square-foot structure is the newest addition to Boeing’s Oklahoma City site, headquarters to the company’s Aircraft Modernization & Sustainment business. The lab will expand the company’s ability to maintain and upgrade existing aircraft. These capabilities help the United States and other Boeing customers realize greater value from their aircraft while maintaining readiness, technological relevance and aircraft affordability for many years after initial delivery.
“Oklahoma’s aerospace industry is on the rise, as evidenced by this cutting edge facility,” said Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who spoke at the dedication ceremony. “Boeing Oklahoma City truly has a global impact by supporting our nation and allies in the defense of freedom.”
“Two of the focus markets for our defense business are services and commercial derivatives,” said Mike Emmelhainz, Boeing vice president, Large Aircraft Engineering and Sustainment and Oklahoma City site executive. “This lab facility will play a major role in those two areas and further cement Oklahoma’s role in Boeing’s future.”
Today also marks 100 years of Boeing’s pioneering aviation accomplishments and launches its second century as an innovative, customer-focused aerospace technology and capabilities provider, community partner and preferred employer.
Through its Defense, Space and Security unit, Boeing is a global leader in this marketplace and is the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Defense, Space & Security is a $30 billion business with about 50,000 employees worldwide.