Boeing Defence UK, led by managing director David Pitchforth, is a wholly integrated subsidiary of the Boeing Company. Employing more than 1,400 people, it supports major UK programmes such as Apache, Chinook, C-17, P-8A, Support Chain Information Services and Staffordshire Police.

BDUK is comprised of four business units including MoD Services, Training, Government Services and Advanced Programmes.

Two men looking at an aircraft.

MoD Services

CH-47 Chinook

BDUK’s MoD Services business looks after the UK’s Chinook fleet of 60 helicopters under the Through Life Customer Support (TLCS) contract, the Digital Automatic Flight Control System (DAFCS) upgrade programme and the Chinook Engine Support Arrangement (CESA).

TLCS is a 34 year partnering agreement to provide heavy depot maintenance, modifications and upgrades for the entire fleet.

The DAFCS programme is upgrading original analogue cockpits with a new digital avionics suite, greatly improving handling qualities and aircraft stability. It will also increase the safety of the helicopters, particularly when flying in challenging conditions.

AH-63 Apache The CESA contract provides support to the UK Chinook engines through a single availability, output-based contract to provide specified levels of engine availability, spares and technical support.

AH-64 Apache

BDUK works closely with prime contractor Leonardo Helicopters to support the UK’s current Apache D model helicopter fleet.

C-17 Globemaster III


Under the Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Programme (GISP), Boeing is responsible for all C-17 sustainment activities, including material management and depot maintenance. GISP is a performance based logistics contract where the cost is related to readiness, not specific parts or services.


Future Programmes

AH-64E Apache

At the Farnborough Airshow in July 2016 the government announced that it would purchase 50 Apache AH-64E model attack helicopters.

The aircraft are now progressing through a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) upgrade programme that will see 50 of the existing D model fleet being upgraded to E standard capability. BDUK is working with the UK MoD on the development of the support programme that will follow on from the current FMS phase.

P-8A Poseidon

The UK government confirmed in July 2016 that it will buy nine Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft to provide surveillance, anti-submarine and anti-surface vessel warfare support.

P-8 Poseidon

IT Technician using several computers

Support Chain Information Services

In 2010, MoD awarded Boeing the £800million Future Logistic Information Services (FLIS) contract as its 10-year Support Chain Information Services (SCIS) Delivery Partner. This delivers financial efficiencies of more than £160 million over the life of the contract. SCIS is a partnering arrangement between the MoD and Boeing Defence UK to improve the reliability and capability of the logistic information systems and services that deliver engineering, supply chain and business intelligence information. It replaced more than 120 legacy contracts and included the transfer of 233 staff from the MOD to Boeing.

The role of the SCIS delivery partnership is to enhance the exploitation of logistic and engineering information for better decision making at all levels, especially by those in front-line commands. It is a single accountable point of delivery for logistic information services. This includes the deployed space and, where appropriate, the industry base. The SCIS partnership has, in particular, led the way in simultaneously achieving the BS11000 standard (collaborative business relationships) across both sides of the partnership.

Boeing provides secure, stable and resilient SCIS services by assisting the MoD in streamlining and optimising its end-to-end logistics information system into an agile and effective capability that underpins the support chain. In a very short time it has started to optimise the logistic information capability.

These activities included:

  • Migration of information services from 12 MOD sites to new, purpose built data centres
  • Data centre improvements
  • Standard ITIL Service Management implementation
  • Service Desk consolidation
  • Retirement or optimisation of legacy applications, where possible
    Now in the next phase of the programme, it continues to modernise IT while delivering transformation of Information Services to the customer, starting with the base inventory warehousing environment. Boeing will continue to work ever closer with its partner to improve its responsiveness and agility to meet the evolving requirement of the end user.

Government Services

Government Services provides critical Information Services which support the work of frontline officers in our major programmes with Government and Blue Light Services. Both programmes demonstrate BDUK’s commitment to deliver innovative ways of solving customers’ integrated service management needs, using Boeing’s programmatic approach, world class systems engineering expertise and supply chain partnering.

Case Study: Staffordshire Police – Strategic IT Partner

On February 25, 2016, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Staffordshire awarded a contract to Boeing to become the Strategic IT Partner for Staffordshire Police. The contract will dramatically improve the capability and capacity of Staffordshire Police and save money compared to the current annual running costs for IT for the Police.

Boeing will bring transformational capability to Staffordshire Police, providing new cutting edge technology and greater opportunities to work more effectively with partner organisations and local communities – as well as greater capability in fighting crime.

As part of the work by the Strategic IT Partner, nearly 400 outdated IT systems used by police in Staffordshire will be replaced with around 100 state-of-the-art ones to help police tackle changing crimes and changing threats.

The investment in technology and the Strategic IT Partner form part of work around the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer, Fairer, United Communities strategy

Training Services

Inside a flight safety simulator.

The UK arm of Boeing’s Training Services organisation was established to enhance the delivery of integrated, platform-based military capability to support our customers’ operational requirements. In the UK, Boeing delivers the whole spectrum of the training cycle, including analysis, design, equipment development, delivery and evaluation functions, as well as in-service support requirements.

The UK C-17 International Training Centre (ITC) at the FlightSafety International facility in Farnborough, provides both aircrew and maintainer training to a wide range of international operators of the C-17 platform.

BDUK also supports non-platform based training, with our staff at the Air Battlespace Training Centre at RAF Waddington providing a training service for the Ministry of Defence's Distributed Synthetic Air Land Training (DSALT) programme. The DSALT programme is delivered by a multi-industry team led by QinetiQ. This flexible and dynamic service focuses on the conduct of contingency training for UK and coalition forces, delivering a synthetic training capability to enhance high levels of inter-operability between air, land and joint forces in combat environments.

The most recent addition to the UK training portfolio is the CH- 47 Chinook Digital Automatic Flight Control System (DAFCS) Familiarisation Rig (DFR), a third generation training device that provides comprehensive DAFCS training for RAF technicians and pilots.

Inside 'The Portal' room.

Advanced Group UK

Advanced Programmes

Advanced Programmes (The Portal) is a bespoke, multifaceted, globally networked, state-of the-art analysis, experimentation and engagement facility that uses advanced technologies to produce robust, analytical, structured and defensible evidence for decision makers.

Advanced Systems

The Advanced Systems team is the hub of Boeing UK’s research and development (R&D). They conduct in-house, company-funded R&D in areas as diverse as data analytics, data visualisation, advanced communications techniques and health and monitoring systems. They also oversee the investment of Boeings significant budget to a number of UK universities, where post graduate research is funded across a broad range of activities.