Boeing wins US Air Force contract to modify next presidential aircraft

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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for travel to Iowa from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. June 21, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

The U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday it had awarded Boeing Co a contract to begin modification of two 747-8 jetliners that will be the next presidential aircraft.

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The contract, which would be under $600 million, includes the design to incorporate a mission communication system, electrical power upgrades, a medical facility and a self-defense system, the Air Force said.

The two aircraft were initially ordered four years ago by Transaero, a Russian airline that went bankrupt in 2015, Reuters reported last month.

The Air Force operates two military versions of the Boeing 747-200B aircraft that serve as Air Force One when the president is aboard. Both are nearing the end of their planned 30-year life.

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The redesign of the aircraft is expected to be a long process with upcoming awards to be for engineering and manufacturing development, expected in summer next year. 

(Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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