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, ScanEagle, Support Chain Information Services and Staffordshire Police.
BDUK is comprised of four business units including Aircraft Support, Boeing Information Services, Training and Government Services and Advanced Programmes.
BDUK’s Aircraft Support 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.
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.
BDUK works closely with prime contractor Leonardo Helicopters to support the UK’s current Apache D model helicopter fleet.
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.
At the Farnborough Airshow in July 2016 the government announced that it would purchase 50 Apache AH-64E model attack helicopters.
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.
Boeing Information Services (BIS)
With a long standing reputation as the world’s largest systems integration company, Boeing continues to develop its UK Information Services business, with a mission to disrupt the Information Services sector by delivering a differentiated, innovative, agnostic and business outcome-aligned service to its customers. BIS provides critical Information Services which support the work of frontline officers in our major programmes with UK MOD and Staffordshire Police. 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.
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Training and Government Services
The UK arm of Boeing’s Training and Government 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.
Advanced Group UK
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.
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.