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Boeing Announces Supplier Agreement with LOUD Engineering and Manufacturing for Combat Search and Rescue Program


ST. LOUIS, April 10, 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has announced an agreement with LOUD Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc., to support the proposed HH-47 Combat Search and Rescue helicopter program for the U.S. Air Force.

“The supplier network supporting the HH-47 proposal reduces risk and contributes to our best value solution,” said Rick Lemaster, Boeing HH-47 program manager. “LOUD Engineering and Manufacturing represents the solid support and quality our suppliers regularly provide.”

CSAR-X is a U.S. Air Force initiative to procure more capable and survivable aircraft able to recover isolated personnel from hostile or denied territory. The tandem rotor, heavy lift, high altitude HH-47 is based on the CH/MH-47 Chinook tandem rotor transport helicopter, with performance capabilities that have been widely demonstrated in the ongoing war on terrorism and in numerous U.S. and international humanitarian relief operations.

“As a long-time supplier of landing gear for the CH/MH-47 Chinook, LOUD Engineering and Manufacturing is extremely proud to be a part of Boeing’s CSAR-X team,” said Jim Barker, director of Marketing and Sales for LOUD. “We feel the Boeing HH-47 proposal offers an immediate mission-ready answer to the U.S. Air Force’s requirements for this vital program.”

LOUD Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc., located in Ontario, Calif., is an industry-leading landing gear company. The supplier’s capabilities range from initial design through manufacture, assembly and test, as well as overhaul and repair of landing gear and related components for both rotor wing and fixed wing aircraft.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world’s largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $30.8 billion business. It provides network-centric system solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world’s largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world’s largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense and Department of Homeland Security; NASA’s largest contractor; and a global leader in sustainment solutions and launch services.


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