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Boeing wins $259m USAF weapon planning software contract

Boeing subsidiary Tapestry Solutions has won a 10-year contract worth up to $259 million from the US Air Force (USAF) to provide Weapon Planning Software for the service’s combat aircraft.

Also called mission planning software, Tapestry’s programme is designed to help the USAF and allied air forces plan the details of combat missions, including routes, the location of threats and the points at which precision-guided weapons are launched. The software will be used for the Fairchild Republic A-10, Rockwell B-1, Northrop Grumman B-2, Boeing B-52, Boeing F/A-18, McDonnell Douglas F-15E, Lockheed Martin F-16, Lockheed Martin F-35, and Lockheed Martin F-22.

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Mission planning software is essential to coordinating attacks between joint services as well as allied air forces. Boeing says the software will be provided to the USA's allies, though it did not disclose which ones.

San Diego-based Tapestry is part of Boeing Global Services; the business unit that Boeing aims to grow to $50 billion in annual revenue by 2025. The company has developed other mission planning software programmes for the F-15, F/A-18, F-22 and Northrop T-38. It also developed weapons systems software for the Raytheon Tomahawk cruise missile and Boeing’s Joint Direct Attack Munition programme. The company also produces software to help manage logistics, as well as MRO activities.

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